Jamini Roy

Man and Elephant

About this artwork

The exact date of this painting is unknown, as many works by Roy were mass produced in a studio workshop. For Hindus, elephants are symbols of wealth and in agricultural communities in India, the motif of an elephant and rider is used to mark a birth or marriage or to honour the Goddess Lakshmi. Bengali art has affinities with modern art, in that it eliminates all inessential elements and simplifies colour and form. Traditional folk art has been highly influential on many twentieth-century artists, such as Jean Dubuffet, Picasso and the Surrealists. Roy’s work became widely known after the Second World War, due to the westerners who spent time in Calcutta during the war. Like the Surrealists, Roy strived to approach painting with the innocence and simplicity of a child.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Man and Elephant
  • date created:
    1930s
  • materials:
    Watercolour on paper
  • measurements:
    (framed: 30.50 x 30.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Mary Tara Marshall 2003
  • accession number:
    GMA 4698
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
  • subject:
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Jamini Roy

Jamini Roy