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Maker(s):Roy, Jamini
Culture:Indian (1887-1972)
Title:Bankura Horse
Date Made:ca. 1964-1965
Materials:opaque watercolor on board
Place Made:Asia; India
Measurements:Sheet: 17 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; 44.4 cm x 26.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2017.20
Credit Line:Gift of Georgana Falb Foster
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
© The Estate of the Artist

Label Text:
Roy fixated on the terracotta horses that are native to Bankura district, West Bengal, where he grew up. The repeated appearance of this subject speaks as much to his interest in local subjects as it does to his preoccupation with the creative process. Indeed, Roy sought to revive India’s traditional workshop style of production, which he saw as more authentic than the European paradigm—with its emphasis on the lone, genius artist—in which he had been educated. Toward that end, he hired assistants to help complete multiple paintings of the same theme. Like the miniature clay Bankura horses on display at left, Roy’s works were produced in very large numbers, thus making them all the more affordable for the masses.

dots; horses; patterns; profiles; standing

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