Jamini Roy's Early Village Women

Jamini Roy's rejection of the western academic style of painting led to him being inspired by  Bengali folk paintings. Before he made the complete switch to the pat style paintings, he was depicting village life and folk. This work shows a personal reconstruction of another Indian reality that was often not seen in urban areas.

Possibly an attempt to have art that could be accessible to a larger Indian audience, Roy broke away from classical traditions of art. Making his own paints, he experimented with his style and mediums. This work shows his typical hues of blues, yellows, reds, and browns that he made from local pigments.


Jamini Roy

Untitled (Village women)

Tempera on cardboard

Circa 1940

16 x 10 in.

Estimate: 50,000 - 1,00,000 INR

Provenance: Estate of Jamini Roy

National Art Treasure - Non-Exportable

Coming up in Prinseps Spring Auction 224 - 25 April 2019

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