11 Apr 1888 - 1972
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.
Gopini (a female devotee of Lord Krishna)
Modernism circa 1850 - 1945 → India
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
Shown in 3 exhibitions
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