Husain's earlier work often placed his subjects in a local context: characters are seen inhabiting rural villages or urban landscapes. In this painting, two women are transformed into archetypal figures in their own private world. The background of the picture is notably free from figuration. The artist uses color to divide the picture plane into areas of light and dark, less for the sake of achieving a chiaroscuro effect than to powerfully draw attention to the two women. Through the careful use of pigments, Husain leaves the protagonists expressionless, casting them as ciphers for human emotion rather than connecting them to any event or subject. 'His figures suddenly became anonymous. They existed on the picture plane without any specific locale or identity. They possessed a static poise, a slow languorous deliberateness.' (G. Kapur, Husain, Vakil & Sons Private Ltd., Bombay, p. 4)
The featureless quality of these works and his tendency to focus on women perhaps refers to the artist's early loss of his mother, and his subsequent inability to recall her face. Husain’s treatment of the female form reveals a mixture of tenderness, nostalgia, and to an extent reverence. In a single frame the artist succeeds in capturing the qualities of resilience, vulnerability, strength and compassion.
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