Buddha and Sujata - Kshitindranath Mazumdar – Bengal School of Art - Indian Painting - Posters
Majumdar's paintings are distinctive in the slender elongated figures, flowing garments and pastoral settings. While most of his work contained not more than three figures neatly composed within a frame, he sometimes painted groups when the narrative required it, like in the painting presented here. A Vaishnavite theme, the painting depicts a central female ascetic figure prostrate in a swoon, possibly death, and eight women around her in various exaggerated gestures of despair and sorrow. The painting in all probability represents the death of Mirabai, the sixteenth century saint. The shallow treatment of the space is typical to Majumdar's style, as are the luminous well defined colors in a limited palette.
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