The Lotus Reaper

The Lotus Reaper

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Item Code: HK29
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Watercolor on PaperArtist: Kailash Raj
6.0 inches X 8.8 inches
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Be it Keshava's Rasikpriya or Jayadeva's Gita Govind, Krishna lila forms the main theme. The art borrows its rhythm and lyricism from poetry and the latter borrows its romantic charm from art.

The nayika is seen partially immersed in the lotus pond, plucking lotus flowers. The Kishangarh School of art portrays Radha with idealistic features, such as this. The eyebrow seems like a stretched bow; the eyes the shape of a fish; a long, straight nose; thin lips and a substantial chin. She is lean of body and delicate of limbs. Her long fingers look quite fragile as they tug at the stems. She is adorned with every perceivable item of jewellery. Her extremely short choli expose the shapely curves of her body and a transparent odhini falls gracefully over them.

Judging by the distant perspective it is a large lake, having not only lotus flowers, but swan and a leisure boat also. In the distance are the royal quarters, beyond which is dark, dense vegetation. Grassy highlands are part of the background, but the sky is attention graffing. The higher level of the sky is deep blue with a few floating clouds. Sky close to the ground is streaked with orange depicting dawn/dusk.

This description by Renu Rana.

Further Description:

Here is seen a beautiful maiden plucking lotus flowers. She slightly tilts forward in a rhthymic linear movement of her body.

This portrait is painted in the typical style of the Kishangarh school of Indian miniature painting. Kishangarh itself is a small town in Rajasthan, approx. one hundred kms. from Jaipur.

She is portrayed here with an elongated face, arched eyebrows, lotus-like eyes tinged with pink, a sharp nose and a pointed chin. Obviously, it is an idealization, for no woman would have such eyes. here we notice a resemblance with the technique of the Kangra painters. It is not the beauty of a single person, but the ideal beauty which the artist paints. It is based on the ideal type given in the Sanskrit love poetry, viz. 'Padmakshi' or lotus-eyed. It represents the Rajput ideal of feminine beauty at its best. Her face is delicate and refined. Her eyebrows are curved like a bow. Her face is framed in cleverly arranged curls of ebony hair. Her neck is decorated with necklaces of pearls and precious stones. She has draped herself in a transparent gold-embroidered wrap whcih greatly enhances her charm. Which woman of today would not envy her dreamy eyes, her shapely nose, her fastidious lips, the glamour of her clothes and ornaments, and, above all, her seductive charm?

In the background can be buildings, built in styles reminiscent of ancient Rajput architecture. The reverse of this painting is manually inscribed with Urdu calligraphy.

This painting is from the atelier of Shri Kailash Raj, Jaipur.


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