Lot 103
  • 103

Jamini Roy

15,000 - 20,000 USD
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  • Jamini Roy
  • Untitled (Rama and Lakshmana)
  • Signed in Bengali lower right 
  • Tempera on card


Formerly in the collection of the late ethnographer and collector, Dr. Otto Samson, a former curator of the Horniman Museum, Dulwich
Acquired from the above by a private collector in London
Sotheby's London, 19 October 1995, lot 257

Catalogue Note

Born in West Bengal in 1887, Jamini Roy studied at the Government School of Art in Kolkata. Although trained in the academic tradition of drawing classical nudes and oil painting, Roy was inspired and drew from the folk traditions of rural Bengal, a reaction to the Bengal school and Western traditions of painting during the period. A supporter of the Indian independence movement, his search for an authentic modern India is evident in his personal style in his oeuvre, through the simplification of forms, the bold, flat colors and the medium, material and themes of local folk tales. This work, depicts a scene from the Ramayana, capturing the moment that Rama upon his wife Sita’s request, asks her husband to bring to her a magical deer. The second figure is Rama's brother, Lakshmana who shared a deep bond with Rama and accompanies him for protection as danger has been sensed up ahead.