(Alpana / Seated Lady)
Tempera on plywood
Signed lower right
35.5 x 17.5
Flower As "Alpana" design on front. Seated lady in the style of Kalighat Pat verso. This painting was always displayed at the entrance of wherever Jamini Roy held his exhibitions [As Per Jamini Roy Studio Image]
NATIONAL ART TREASURE - NON EXPORTABLE
Jamini Roy who was trained as an artist at Calcutta Government Art School started off as a portrait painter. His academic style painting was initially a great source of commission for him. Later, his styles saw him challenge what Indian artists considered as art. He defied norms at the time and rejected western ideals of art and brought back folk art (pats) in his style.
He was inspired by folk traditions, and created an Alpana or a floral motif that was considered to be sacred painting in Bengal because it was done on special occasions. The reverse shows a portrait of a woman done in a style inspired from both kalighat pat's and village patchitra.