Untitled (Krishna)

Kalighat Pats

Untitled (Krishna)


c. 1880


17.5 x 11.0 in. / 44.5 x 27.9 cm.


Watercolour highlighted with silver pigment on paper pasted on paper

Generations to come will wonder at the artistic temperament that developed around the Kalighat temple in Calcutta in the nineteenth century where artists, influenced by folk as well as Western art styles, produced images of goddesses Kali and Durga as souvenirs. Soon, they incorporated imagery from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, and even satire on social elite. They humanised the gods as is the case with this Untitled work, where the cowherd Krishna is depicted milking a cow, unlike other popular representations where he is generally shown playing flute amidst a herd of cows.

published references

Singh, Kishore, ed., Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 19th and 20th Century Modern Art (New Delhi: DAG, 2014), p. 233

Untitled (Krishna)
Untitled (Krishna)
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