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Portrait of Ram Babu Jan, oil on board, 20X16, 1955

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Untitled (Krishna conquers Kaliyah), Tempera on cloth

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Untitled (Mexican Cowgirl), Tempera on cloth

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Man on Tiger, Gouache on cloth, 25X18

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(L) Untitled, (Man with Birds), Gouache on board; (R) Untitled, ANNUCIATION, Gouache on board, 27X15

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Untitled (Three Drummers) Tempera on cloth, 24X26

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Untitled (Nayika), Tempera on cloth, 21X71

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(L) Untitled, (Head of a Woman), Gouache on board, 15X9.5; (R) Untitled, (Sitting Lady), Goauche on board, 15X9

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80 unseen works of legendary Indian artist Jamini Roy go public

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"Peace is not good for an artist. How can that happen? The mind strives and burns all the time in the creative activity of art." - Jamini Roy

For the first time, over 80 works by legendary Indian artist Jamini Roy are on public display during a 42-day show at the Dhoomimal Gallery in New Delhi.

This never before seen body of work by Roy is owned by the Uma and Ravi Jain Estate, which owns the Dhoomimal Gallery, Delhi's oldest gallery.

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The exhibition features drawings and paintings by Roy from the private collection of Uma and Ravi Jain. The assemblage is more than a half-century-old.

Jamini Roy holds an significant place in the history of twentieth century Indian art. He forged a visual style that was both modern in its sensibilities and resolutely Indian.

Jamini Roy trained in the Western academic painting styles and initially worked in the Post- Impressionist genre of portraits and landscapes. In the 1920s, he became inspired by the lines and palette of paintings (pattas) sold in bazaars outside the Kalighat temples in Bengal. Soon, he developed his own unique revival of indigenous painting traditions, as homage to the folk painters of his native Bengal. Depicting the Puranic gods and epics, Roy's works were bathed in the lyric romanticism of his Bengali forbearers.

The exhibition, curated by critic-scholar Uma Nair, is titled "Carved Contours". It represents Roy's inspiration from the Kalighat and Pat traditions of Bengal done on cloth, board and paper. They feature images of sari-clad women, village dancers and animals, besides Madonna and Christ and the famed Ramayana series.

The exhibition has been divided into two parts: Paintings and drawings.

Uma Nair writes in her blog:

"As a curator it has been an exercise of great research and explorations to delve deep into the works and look at the instincts and intuitive instincts that drove Jamini Roy to use the Santhals as his models and create an entire series of the Puranas the gods and goddesses, the Christ series and the serene yet beautiful alpanas. The drawings have been deeply intriguing because they are so beautifully moist with the irregular and incomplete strokes that set Roy apart for his economy of line and lithe leanings. Even more subtle are his proportions that just fit the frame-nothing is excess- and his anatomical depictions of the mother and child, a subject that captivated Roy for over many decades. The large-scale Krishna and Balarama and the Gopinis and the Nayikas are further distinguished by their antiqueness, their exceptional state of preservation, as well as a prestigious and unbroken provenance, only with the Jain family."

With the exhibition on till 10 March at the Dhoomimal Gallery, Connaught Place, New Delhi, you have no excuse of not seeing it.

Edited by Sahil Bhalla

Images courtesy: Ravi and Uma Jain Estates/Dhoomimal Gallery

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