What is most remarkable about this portrait is the graceful pose, the
subdued colours and pensive face that speaks volumes, and an overall mood of
restrained dignity. Resting against a huge bolster, she holds the end of the
huqqa, though not smoking it. One of her hands rest on the raised knee. Her
face is simple and sensitive; her gaze travelling beyond space, maybe,
introspecting. She wears a smile on her face but it fails to reach her eyes
which look troubled and pensive. Her jewellery is painted in a manner that
shows it's heavy in weight; skilfully crafted head ornaments, down to the
tiniest toe rings - all are paid attention to.
The elegance of the portrait is not overshadowed by the background, which
shows a door that is ajar. The wall is shaded for better effect. This
painting tells that colour is not the most important element of painting.
This description by Renu Rana.
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