Souvenir Painting of a Woman with a Rose

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata), West Bengal, Bengal Region, India, Asia

c. 1875

Ink on paper

Sheet: 18 1/16 × 10 7/16 inches (45.9 × 26.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

* Gallery 227, Asian Art, second floor (Wood Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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In the 1870s, competition from mass-produced woodcuts and lithographs challenged professional artists working near Kalighat to produce souvenir paintings more quickly. This brush drawing of a woman resembles those done as studies for full-color paintings, but it was intended as a finished work. The simple elegance of drawings like this one influenced the creation of modern art in India, and may have served as one of the so-called "primitive" types that inspired European artists.

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