Kalighat painting showing Krishna

Unknown artist

  • Date: c. 1870
  • Dimensions: H: 46 cm; W: 28 cm
  • Medium: Opaque watercolour on paper
  • Region: Bengal
  • Museum number: FAT.00076

Kalighat painting depicting Krishna, a deity from the Hindu pantheon.

Kalighat painting is a term used to denote a popular form of image-making that originated in West Bengal, in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Kalighat artists produced paintings that reflected the local history, mythology, customs and conflicts of a colonised society in Bengal. These paintings are recognised for their prominent use of bright colours, simplified images and bold brushstrokes.

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