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Author: Jamini Roy
Director/Composer/Na: Sipra Chakravarti
Publisher: Indian Museum Calcutta
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
Jamini Roy, a versatile genius and the legendary artist of Bengal, played a role of profound significance by his aesthetic adventure and left a permanent and distinguished place in Indian painting. He excelled in the art of composition and renewed the pictorial art which gave modern painting a new meaning and a new life.
To evolve an individual style Jamini Ray imbibed the essence of the paintings of Cezanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani and expressed it in his own manner and technique. :like his Fauvist artists he also laid emphasis on the formal quality of the painting, flat surface, forceful lines, and free use of colors. He freed his style, form and color from the conventional artistic bonds and ushered a new era in the trend of modern art.
His choice of subjects was rich and in exhaustive. In the early phase he pained many European subjects, landscapes and portraits. Later his subject matter was completely changed. He chose his theme from the people around him. Apart from the mythological scenes from the Ramayana and Krishnalila and gods and goddesses it was the village cultivators, the carpenters, blacksmith, Santal mean and women which constituted his main subjects of painting.
Jamini Ray, the gifted artist of Bengal and originator of new style left behind a large number of magnificent paintings with dramatic and dynamic delineation, a source of joy and tranquility to the posterity.
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