Father of the folk renaissance in India, Jamini Roy created an alternative vision of modern Indian identity. Born in 1887 in the culturally rich Bengal district of Bankura, the artist was deeply influenced by an omnipresent folk tradition. He enrolled at the Government School of Art, Calcutta and received his diploma in 1908.
One of Abanindranath Tagore's prolific students, Jamini Roy gained particular acclaim not only amongst Indians, but also with visitors to India. His reinterpretations of traditional Bengal folk paintings, or pata, and Kalighat paintings are remarkable in their simplicity, comprising natural pigments and highly expressive, sweeping lines. Bold and vibrantly colorful, his works are a modern celebration of indigenous traditions notably evident in the present work.
(P. Mitter, The Triumph of Modernism: India's Artists and the Avant-garde, 1922-1947, London, 2007, p. 103 a similar version dated circa 1920s, illustrated)