Indian Miniature paintings from schools of Tanjore, Mysore, Karnataka and other South Indian & Company school paintings
A Mother A Father and A Son
South India / Goa cira 1850
Water-based pigments with gold on paper. Red outer margin with dark blue inner borders between white lines. Some paint flaking and some losses to gold with minor retouching and repairs.
Size approx. 8 x 5 inches.
This curious charmingly naive painting is not yet Company School but has a strongly Europeanized character given the Portugese (esque) rounded hat of the male and notably the curly hair of both parents.
The subject of the father the son and the mother suggests a European-like context. Though the faces are depicted in profile view (as opposed to a European frontally) the father particularly Seems portrait-like and individualised - the lady wears a thoughtful personalised expression. And yet the suits bear details of the figures with wealthy ostentatious finery set with precious gems and gold Seems truly Indian enough.
In fact the manner of paint applied seems South Indian - there is a somewhat "Provincial Deccani" character to the work. The background is flat with schematic floral motifs running up the hillside without perspective taken in account. These factors may lead to Goa as a possible origin - quite European yet completely Indian. This is not a refined work but an exuberant & celebratory one - perhaps commemorating a special occasion or birthday.
Price: US$ 2,950
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