Irrigated Fields,Artist unknown, Probably Late 18th century, Oil on Canvas
Print on Art Paper
Print size: 34 x 44 cm / 13.5 x 17.5 inch
According to the 1931 catalogue, this painting represents a marriage procession on its way towards the bridegroom’s house on the left. Seated on a horseback, the bridegroom is seen towards the left of the central plane in this composition while the bride occupies a closed sedan chair towards the right of the central area.
In a horizontal layout, people are seen in the foreground, engaged in varied activities whereas undulating mountains form the background with an expansive sky above them. Wearing traditional Chinese clothes in their decorative finesse, the marriage procession is seen moving atop narrow lanes upon the waters below.
In a rhythmic representation, this composition conveys an expression of happiness and joy which is visible on the faces of the figures, carrying decorative banners to mark the occasion. A naivety in the composition is seen with a small child engaged with his circular balloon while holding the hand of a male. A dog is also seen watching the marriage procession attentively, in the foreground. All the figures seem to be engaged in celebrating the joy associated with the occasion.
The rich collection of Rashtrapati Bhavan has treasures dating from 3rd century B.C.E to contemporary times. The earliest attempt at cataloguing these works of art was undertaken in 1931 by Sir Evan Cotton on the directions of Lord Irwin, then Viceroy. Subsequently a systematic effort to research and compile information on the art collection was initiated only during the tenure of President Pranab Mukherjee who assumed office on July 25, 2012.
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Enveloped within sprawling golden clouds, this scenic view outlines various ships and boats in a forward motion. The vast scape of the sea with several ships forms core of the foreground. The sails are appropriately represented fluttering in the air. Huge flags of the British Empire in hues of red on the ships, attribute to them a sense of authority.
The left corner of the foreground invites attention to detail with four men standing along with two small boats. Several boats are represented pulling off from the ships in a forward motion from the right side of this composition. Dressed in their official uniforms, these men wear khaki shirts with trousers and hats atop their heads, holding guns in their hands.
Golden sky in chromes of yellow reflects itself comprehensively on the waters below, occupying major ground in the pictorial. It is counterbalanced with a minimal coastline in the foreground, executed in the shades of deep brown. In western academic conventions, the coastline bridges itself with the sea, representing a subtle transition from one element to the other, towards the right of the marine view.
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