17.2 x 10.8cm image; 24.9 x 15.9cm sheet
Krishna is one of the best known of the Indian gods, and certainly he was one of the favourite heroes of the Rajasthani court artists. Krishna means "dark-skinned one," so he is always painted blue. According to mythology he grew up in the countryside as a cowherder, playing the flute, flirting with the milkmaids (known as 'gopis') and mischievously stealing their clothes as they bathe in the river. In this painting, however, Krishna is depicted rather like the Greek god Pan. Seated on a blossoming lotus that rises out of the swampy water, he mesmerises the two cows that look on with his enchanting flute-playing. This painting is one of a series of four paintings from the collection of the Maharaja of Bikaner. It is quite possible that such a painting may have been presented to the Maharaja by a court artist on a festival such as Krishna Jayanti, the celebration of Krishna's birth.
Haema Sivanesan, Look, March 2001, pg. 21.
Carol Cains (Australia) (Author), Krishna: love and devotion, Victoria, 2007, 6-9. General reference
'Indian painting' by Haema Sivanesan, pg. 20-21., Look Mar 2001, Mar 2001, cover (colour illus.), 5 (colour illus.), 20, 21 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on the cover is a detail of this work.
Haema Sivanesan (Australia) (Assistant Curator), Indian Painting, Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 2.22 - 2.25 (one of a set of four paintings; Acc.no.s 103-106.1986)
Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001.
Miniatures: works from the Contemporary Asian Collection, Queensland Art Gallery, 30 May 2004–29 Aug 2004.