The painting is a stunning opaque
watercolor on paper with gold borders. It is further decorated with Persian
calligraphy, a quintessential part of the 20th-century Mughal painting
practice. The use of sky-blue color with a hint of green gives this painting an
imperial look. Another attractive point of this painting is the depiction of
the Barasingha (swamp deer) with utmost accuracy. The look of this painting being absolutely
regal makes it a perfect fit for your living room wall. It will not only
enhance the look of the room but will also give the onlooker an idea of the
extravagance of the bygone era.
Naturalistic treatment of birds and animals became more and more apparent as a purely linear, pictorial, and decorative representation of the Persian School seems to have been pushed to the background during the Mughal era.
This picture of one of the ruminants of the Cervidae family stands isolated
against a pale green ground. It has been created by careful use of powerful
lines and thin layers of pigment of appropriate hues. It has a sturdy,
muscular body with very well-defined fore and hind legs. The hairy mane makes
it look like a picture of beauty. It has solid, deciduous horns/antlers which
only the male of the Cervidae family has. Belonging to an otherwise
muscular body, the jaw seems vague and soft. The nostril is ill-defined as
much as the eye is well-defined and imbued with warmth of feeling. The ears
are erect, receptive to every sound in the jungle. The antlers that branch
out at the base also form a fork at the end. They are the animal's only
defense weapon bestowed by Nature.
Hues and tones of ochre are used to shade areas that are needed to depict volume
and muscular bulges. The mane has been worked upon with great care depicting
each hair individually. The hooves are strong to bear the heavy weight of
the animal and cause a slight depression on the ground where it stands. The
background is green with horizontal brush strokes on the top to define the
horizon and similar strokes at the bottom to depict the ground. The ground
also has a few tufts of grass. The picture has a vertical border with Arabic
writing. Outside the purview of the painting is the signature of the artist
that multiplies the value of this wonderful painting.
This description by Kiranjyot.
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