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Jamini Roy

(India 11 Apr 1888 – 1972)

Other titles:
Gopini (a female devotee of Lord Krishna)
Place of origin
Kolkata (Calcutta)West BengalIndia
Cultural origin
Bengal School
Modernism circa 1850 - 1945 → India
circa 1941
Media category
Materials used
gouache on board

44.8 x 26.5 cm image; 49 x 30.6 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed, l.r.corner in Bengali script, red gouache "Jamini Roy". Not dated.
Gift of Oscar Edwards 1958
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Adapting the traditions of local and indigenous folk and tribal painters, Roy developed a bold, graphic style which he took to its logical conclusion. Fuelled by a romantic and ultimately orientalist ideology, Roy sought to renounce his elite status as an artist, setting up a workshop where anonymous artists created works collaboratively. Works such as 'Gopini' and 'Three men in a boat' ( are typical of Roy's paintings, which attempt to locate a distinctive Indian modernity at the limit of the village and the urban, the tribal and the modern.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.54.

Bibliography (3)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Contemporary Painting in Urban and Village India', Sydney, 2003, 54 (colour illus.).

Haema Sivanesan, Look, 'Indian painting', pg. 20-21, South Yarra, Mar 2001, 20, 21 (colour illus.).

Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. 6.3

Exhibition history (2)

A survey of Indian art (1967), Fisher Library, University of Sydney, Sydney, 06 Sep 1967–23 Sep 1967

Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001