The month of Bhadon, from the series Baramasa series (Songs of the twelve months)
The month of Bhadon (August-September), during the monsoon season, is a time when men return home from their work away from the village; it is a time when they are re-united with their lovers, wives and families. In this painting from the kingdom of Bundi in Rajasthan, the hero and the heroine stand on a balcony, looking out over the monsoon scene. The skies are dark, illuminated only by flashes of thunder and the landscape is lush and green. Rajput artists rarely sketched from nature but drew their repertoire of birds, plants and animals from memory. Here the artist has rendered the scene playfully, with animals leaping and cavorting in the pouring rain.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.41.
Illustrations to a Baramasa (twelve seasons)
Rajput circa 1500 - 1947 → India
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
25.3 x 16.3 cm image; 30.5 x 21.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1991
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994
Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001
Intimate Encounters: Indian paintings from Australian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2007–04 May 2007
Margaret Olley: a generous life, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 15 Jun 2019–13 Oct 2019
Referenced in 5 publications
Subhash Jaireth, Yashodhara: Six Seasons Without You, Sydney, 2003, cover (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mughals and Maharajas: The Miniature Paintings of Courtly India', Sydney, 2003, 41 (colour illus.).
Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 2.4
Sotheby's London, Islamic and Indian Art. Oriental manuscripts and miniatures., London, Oct 1991, 227 (colour illus.). cat. no. 805
Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, Sydney, Jul 2002, 34 (colour illus.).