This portrait of a young girl is a brilliant attempt at discovering in
simplest forms and few colours a youthful person with hopes, ambitions and
dreams of young age in her eyes. A plain background consisting of deep
maroon with no form, pattern or motif to break it constitutes the basis for
the painting. The dark depth of the deep maroon breaks only a little around
the face of the figure with the radiation of its glow. With these few
strokes of his brush the artist obtains three objectives. It helps break the
monotonous expanse of a dark-deep back-drop. It creates a radiated region
amidst a dark total to discover distinction for the figure. And, the artist,
after he has once obtained this glowing distinction for his figure's face,
lets lose, or at least diffuse, all his forms into the formless background.
It is herein that the portrait seeks its distinction. The face speaks for
the totality of the person portrayed. It reflects her intrinsic being and in
her static action-less form the artist has sought to depict the turmoil
within. The artist seems to aim at keeping the viewing eye caught to her
face, which is the mirror of her entire being, and convey to it whatever he
has to. It is perhaps with such object in mind that the artist has evaded
many forms or a sharp distinction for forms which necessity created.
The artist has followed in his portrayal the late 19th century art style of
Raja Ravi Varma, which is the early form of Indian modern art school. He has
rendered his portrait with European realism, larger canvas, colours
diffusing in each other and the light and shade effects but the personality
discovered amidst these stylistic elements has imbued in it the fragrance of
its own soil and the colours of its own culture. Everything, her features,
complexion, hair style, style of costume and embroidery, ornaments, shoes,
speak of her Kashmiri or Western Indian origin. The pendants in her ears are
typical of Kashmir, whereas her velvet 'feran' laced and embroidered with
gold thread and 'salwar' with narrow bottom and broad central circumference
adhere to the life-style of both, Kashmir as well as Punjab, but in any case
essentially to that which is called Indian. Despite a formal portrait in the
glow of his figure's eyes the artist has packs all her ambitions and dreams.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain. Prof. Jain specializes on the
aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art
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