The figures of these five elephants in their natural habitat are indeed
imbued with realism. They have been rendered with sensitivity and a
sobriety, rendering possible the difficult task of depicting these massive
animals in a frolicking and playful mood. The eyes of these creatures
express their gentleness and intelligence.The elephants are in
characteristic poses. The two elephants leading the herd are seated, as if
resting. The three elephants behind them are goading them, as if asking them
to rise and get moving along.
Small brush strokes convey the texture and thickness of their skin. The
underbellies are wrinkled and a little shading highlights their bulkiness.
The background is essentially green with sparse vegetation, sprigged with
small plants. The painting takes a distant perspective where the horizon is
lowered and the sky is tinted with grey, pink and azure tones. Clouds are
represented in the manner of occidental art, typical of miniatures under the
influence of painting during Akbar's reign.
In this composition, the drama and camaraderie of the moment seems to have
been frozen. It brings out ever so effectively, the calmness and
understanding of these mammoth animals. Even when the artist has worked here
in conventional forms, he has been able to express profound psychological
values in his composition, and has not missed inserting descriptive details
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