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circa 1941


Jamini Roy


11 Apr 1888 – 1972

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Gopini (a female devotee of Lord Krishna)
    Place where the work was made
    Kolkata (Calcutta) West Bengal India
    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
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Jamini Roy

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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' (Acc.no.20.1994) 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

    • 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, Melbourne, Mar 2001, 20, 21 (colour illus.).

    • Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 6.3

Other works by Jamini Roy