The depiction of Santal culture in modern art: Jamini Roy (National Gallery of Modern Art) – New Delhi

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Jamini Roy was one of the earliest and most significant modernists of twentieth century Indian art. From 1920 onwards his search for the essence of form led him to experiment with dramatically different visual style. His career spanning over nearly six decades had many significant turning points and his works collectively speak of the nature of his modernism and the prominent role he played in breaking away from the art practices of his time. […]

In the first few years of the 1920s, Jamini Roy did several paintings in what he called “flat technique.” He had said that like Chinese landscapes, he discarded nonessential details in the backgrounds. The subjects were mostly Santhal women and he brought to the figuration a certain sensuousness. […]

The Bengal School, founded by Abanindranath Tagore and Kala Bhavana in Santiniketan under Nandalal Bose rejected European naturalism and the use of oil as a medium and were exploring new ways of representation. Jamini Roy, too, consciously rejected the style he had mastered during his academic training and from the early 1920s searched for forms that stirred the innermost recesses of his being. He sought inspiration from sources as diverse as East Asian calligraphy, terracotta temple friezes, objects from folk arts and crafts traditions and the like. […]

Screenshot: Santhal Dance by Jamini Roy
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