Peter Marks Gallery, New York, 1969
The Magic Flute
The cowherding Gopis nurtured tender feelings for Krishna. As the flutist Venugopala, Krishna evokes the dance of love, Rasalila. He plays on his flute and the beauty of its mesmerizing sound lures the enamored Gopis to rush and be with him. Krishna uses his heavenly powers to multiply himself and as they link arms and dance in a circle in the moonshine of an autumn night, each gopi feels that she alone is the focus of his attention.
Methaphorically, he is the supreme being, the great soul, into which the individual soul represented by the gopis, will merge, drawn by the enchanting magic of his flute. He is the great ocean into which all rivers must lose their identity.
Property from the Alice M. Kaplan Collection
Asia House Gallery, Masterpieces of Asian Art in American Collections II, 1970, p. 48f.
L. Bantel, The Alice M. Kaplan Collection, 1981, cat. no. 6, p. 24f.
Peter Marks Gallery, Tenth Anniversary: Ten Selected Works, Winter 1970
Asia House Gallery, Masterpieces of Asian Art in American Collections II, 16 April - 7 June 1970, p. 48-49, cat. no. 13.