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Painting

Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dutta Ray, Shiamal, born 1934 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour on cardboard with small bits of newspaper on the external perimeter of card

  • Museum number:

    IS.86-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Shyamal Dutta Roy was born in Ranchi, Bihar in 1934. He graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft in 1955. Dutta Roy worked as art teacher at Jagadbhandu Institution in Calcutta. He was a founder member of the Society of Contemporary Artists. Shyamal Dutta Roy lives and works in Calcutta.

In his work, Dutta Roy often focuses on the melancholy of urban Calcutta, its poorest residents, the broken walls, crumbling plaster, cobweb-filled rooms and empty houses.
In this watercolour, we see a woman, half-length, feeding a swarm of pigeons from her out-stretched hand. The woman has her eyes shut, wears a colourful sari and has several bangles on her armwrists. Beyond more birds circle in the air. A screen of large buildings blocks the view.

Physical description

Painting, in watercolour on card with small bits of newspaper on the external perimeter of card, in the foreground a woman, half-length, feeding a swarm of pigeons from her out-stretched hand. Beyond, more birds circle in the air. A screen of large buildings blocks the view. The woman has her eyes shut, wears a colourful sari and has several bangles on her arms.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)

Date

1984 (made)

Artist/maker

Dutta Ray, Shiamal, born 1934 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour on cardboard with small bits of newspaper on the external perimeter of card

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated on right hand corner.

Dimensions

Height: 53 cm, Width: 66 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mrs Sarah Abraham. Rp 84/106. Exhibited at the Sao Paulo Biennale, 1979.

Historical context note

Shyamal Dutta Roy was born in Ranchi, Bihar in 1934. He graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft in 1955. Dutta Roy worked as art teacher at Jagadbhandu Institution in Calcutta. He was a founder member of the Society of Contemporary Artists. Shyamal Dutta Roy lives and works in Calcutta.

Descriptive line

Painting, woman with birds, by Shyamal Dutta Ray, watercolour over pencil on paper, Kolkata, 1984

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

P. Ray, LKC 23, 1977, p.39
Indian Painting Today, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, 1981

Materials

Watercolour; Cardboard

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Birds; Buildings; Pigeons; Woman

Categories

Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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