Where have all the humans gone?

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Size : 11 X 15 in | 27.9 X 38.1 cm
Medium : Natural colours on paper
Style : Folk
Created in : 2020
Sold by : Gallery
Surface : Shipped Rolled unless rolling not possible
Lot No : MA277430
International shipping : Yes
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About Artist

The name “Kalighat Pata” is applied to a class of paintings on paper produced by a group of artists called ‘patuas’ in the neighbourhood of the famous Kali Temple at Kalighat , in Calcutta in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They selected as their themes popular Hindu deities, incarnations and saints, epic anecdotes, historical events, incidents of daily life, and different species of Indian fauna. In recent times, one artist belonging to a family of patuas, Bhaskar Chitrakar of Kalighat, is reviving this style. This painting, done in powder pigments on hand-made paper, is a copy of an old 19th C painting.

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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 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 second lockdown creates discord in the universe for the Kalighat Cat. Humans disappear from sight leaving a bewildered musician feline playing his sitar to no audience. The vile viruses are mocking him, flying around in the space meant for birds. This 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.