Indian and Himalayan Art
Souvenir Painting of a Woman with a RoseMade in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata), West Bengal, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Ink on paper (brush drawing on paper)
Currently not on view
1994-148-551Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994
LabelIn 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.