- Other Title
- Balaram and his wife
- Place where the work was made
- Media categories
- Painting , Watercolour
- Materials used
- watercolour with silver paint on paper
- 45.2 x 28.0 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased 1959
- Upper Asian gallery
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Images such as this are known as Kalighat paintings, after the famous Kalighat temple in Kolkata (Calcutta) dedicated to Kali, the fearsome goddess of time and death. From around 1830, distinctive, quickly painted souvenirs were produced in large numbers for visitors who flocked to the temple. The images were intended to aid domestic worship and typically illustrate Hindu deities. Later, mass-produced prints replaced Kalighat paintings. The Hindu gods and goddesses were popular subjects for the Kalighat artists. Balarama is the elder brother of the Hindu god Krishna. Here we see Balarama with a plough in his left hand, associating him with agriculture. His right foot raised to suggest music and dance.Balarama is accompanied by his wife Revati who had travelled from an earlier yuga (time period) to
Referenced in 3 publications
Kate Brittlebank, TAASA Review, 'Unexpected Connections: An Australian Kalighat Album Reunited', pg. 4-5, Sydney, Mar 2006.
Kate Brittlebank, TAASA Review, "Postscript: Kalighat's Missionaries', pg. 23, Sydney, Dec 2003.
Kate Brittlebank, Journal of the History of Collections, 'Anthropology, fine art and missionaries: The Berndt Kalighat album rediscovered', pg.127-142, Oxford, May 2008.
Lucy Thompson, 1890-1951, Adelaide/South Australia/Australia, purchased in Kolkata between 1890 and 1913.
Hans Heysen, pre 1953, Hahndorf/South Australia/Australia
Stefan Heysen, Jun 1959, Hahndorf/South Australia/Australia, by descent
David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, 24 Jul 1959, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 July 1959
Other works by Kalighat style
Matsya, the fish incarnation of Vishnu Kalighat style 1880-1899 EP2.1959 On display – Upper Asian gallery
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