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Design theme Ram Lakshmana Hanuman
- 74 x 63.8 cm., central group portrait of Hanuman carrying Ram and Sita on his shoulders in a Himalayan landscape, in polychrome gouache on board with cut- out replaced and repainted areas, annotations in English on verso from where the title is taken, printer’s rubber stamp, signed by the original artist in the image. N.p. [Sivakasi], S.N. Sharma, [The Ideal Colour Crafts], n.d., Lines visible where hacked out areas are replaced or expanded with painted segments glued on from the verso. Edges scuffed; not affecting composition. We can find little trace of Sharma, though it may be a company studio name or a composite for a group of artisans sharing tasks, there was a possibly non-commercial artist born in 1939 who worked in a similar field. Sharma is also a well known family name in the Sivakasi trade but it is also a common Indian name overall. The notes on the verso suggest another artist called “Vadivel”. This is perhaps an example of what Jain, in his monograph on calendar art describes as an example of ‘hack artists’ or copy masters altering the design for regional godly preferences and tastes for certain poses. In this portrait, Hanuman’s eyes are wide open and Sita is seated suggesting a design tailored to southern Indian tastes (p-59 Jain). Perhaps it is an artist signing in the style of Sharma or altering his work to fit into a series of themed calendars on the Ramayana including Rama’s younger brother Lakshmana. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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Last Found On: 2016-11-24           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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