Romancing Each Other Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

The kalighat painting here depicts everyday life therefore it is an Occidental painting. Here we see a couple sharing an intimate moment. The couple is in a beautiful embrace with each other. The husband has very sweetly presented his wife with a rose. The artist has depicted a couple in love and living a happy married life. 

About The Artist : Bapi Chitrakar, has been painting for many years since he was a child and this art has been in his family for generations.  In West Bengal, the word chitrakar refers to patachitra painters and the artists there have taken Chitrakar as their last name for hundreds of years.

About The Art: Kalighat paintings are a part of pattachitra paintings originating in West Bengal in the 19th century. Made on paper scrolls, the style got its name due to the thriving settlement of the patuas or cloth-painters around the temples of Kali at Kalighat in Kolkata. There are two types of Kalighat paintings that one can witness, Oriental and Occidental. The Oriental Kalighat paintings such as Rama-Sita, Radha-Krishna, goddess Durga, goddess Laksmi, goddess Annapurna, Hanuman, Shiva and Parvati, among others. Occidental are more contemporary style featuring secular and civil themes like crime, women bathing, the evolving role of men and women in the society since the emphasis on women’s education, the hypocritical lives of the quasi-bourgeois, depictions of the freedom struggle, heroes of the struggle including Rani Lakshmi Bai and Tipu Besides motifs, Kalighat paintings feature the use of basic colours like indigo, blue, black, yellow, red and green due to the predominant use of homemade dyes. Only for ornamentation would artisans use silver and gold.

DETAILS

  • Size: 23 by 30 cm
  • Price is for unframed painting and painting would be sent without a frame.
  • Handpainted in Kalighat Bengal Pattachitra style on paper.
  • The image shown here is representative to help visualise the painting in a home setting and not an actual framed image.
  • COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings and artworks.
  • This painting will be made to order and will take 3-4 weeks.
  • Certificate of Authentication will be provided.
  • Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat.

• The image shown here is representative to help visualize the painting in a home setting. Price specified is for unframed painting and the painting would be sent without a frame unless specified otherwise in the description.
• All paintings are mostly made to order and take 2-3 weeks
• COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
• Certificate of Authentication will be provided
• Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat


Artist


Bapi Chitrakar

Bapi Chitrakar, has been painting for many years since he was a child and this art has been in his family for generations.  In West Bengal, the word chitrakar refers to patachitra painters and the artists there have taken Chitrakar as their last name for hundreds of years.

The Bengal Pattachitra is a visual and oral art tradition practised by the Patuas or Chitrakars of West Bengal. Islamic by faith, Patua artists represent a unique and secular art tradition. They earn their livelihood by telling stories from Hindu Mythology, local folklores, Sufi tradition and contemporary themes through paintings and songs. Though the origin of the Patua tradition has been difficult to trace for art historians, some claim the oral form goes back all the way to the 10th or 11th century CE. The physical evidence of a scroll, however, only makes an appearance in the 18th century CE. 



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