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Kalighat Cat With Prawn

By Bhaskar Chitrakar

Original Artwork

  • 11 X 15 In | 28 X 38 Cm
  • Natural colours on paper
  • Folk
  • Created in 2021
  • Sold by Gallery, Shipped Rolled unless rolling not possible
  • Lot No 304165
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The Kalighat patachitra was born of a collective mind. Parented by the folk-art tradition of rural Bengal, it soon developed an identity of its own due to the popularity of the ...
The Kalighat patachitra was born of a collective mind. Parented by the folk-art tradition of rural Bengal, it soon developed an identity of its own due to the popularity of the Kali temple and its throngs of pilgrims demanding souvenirs. These small single sheet works with their sweeping, paint- laden brushstrokes, simplified figures and happy disregard for perspective became the collectors’ obsession. Today, we have just a handful of Kalighat artists with Bhaskar Chitrakar being the last one in the area around the Kali Temple. Inspired by his grandfather, he began replicating old works, giving them a contemporary twist. The ubiquitous Kalighat Cat is a recurring theme in this genre. It is a satirical portrait of the hypocritical priests of the time, with saintly brow and lecherous thoughts. Like the Cat that pretends to be holy, but secretly devours prawns, the priests of old too would pose as vegetarian saints while secretly enjoying all wordly pleasures. This contemporary Kalighat is an original work, done in traditional medium on archival paper. The artist is a much-sought after patua with collectors all over the world.

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