The Hindu gods and goddesses were popular subjects for the Kalighat artists. Vishnu in one of his ten incarnations or avatars was a particular favourite, as for example in this painting of Vishnu as the fish avatar, Matsya.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.48.
Matsya, the fish avatar of Vishnu
late 19th century
watercolour with silver paint on paper
42.5 x 27.3 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 4 publications
Rachel Barnes, Guardian weekly, 'Indian inklings', pg. 26-27, Manchester, 08 Mar 1994. General reference
Kate Brittlebank, TAASA Review, 'Unexpected Connections: An Australian Kalighat Album Reunited', pg. 4-5, Sydney, Jun 2006, 5 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Folk Paintings and Souvenir Pictures', Sydney, 2003, 48 (colour illus.).
Jill Sykes, Look, 'Artworks from India under the British Raj...', pg.30, Sydney, Jul 2010, 30 (colour illus.).