Calendar Art Painting [301-3700]

Calendar Art Painting [301-3700]

1,100.00

[SHIVA’S BLESSING ll]

23 x 24-1/2” in [58.4 x 62.2 cm]

India, signed by artist in the image, date unknown, polychrome gouache

verso: studio rubber stamp “Ideal Picture Product, No. 124-C, Ammankoilpatti, Sivakasi”

A lavish portrait posed in front of the ocean of milk with Lotus, flame, gold coins, and puja fruits in the foreground. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, beauty and prosperity, is depicted standing within a large lotus, and also holding a lotus in each of two of her four arms, one open palm in the mudra of protection. Elephant headed Ganesha, hugely popular god of auspicious beginnings, sits to her right and Saraswati, goddess of wisdom and the arts, sits to her left.

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‘Calendar Art’ Paintings of India are the original artworks from which commercial printers created mass-produced popular images. The artworks can be grouped into major themes; religion, alluring women, patriotic national heroes and political leaders, movie stars, divine cherubic babies.  

Functioning as pin-ups, calendar illustrations, and altar gods, the printed images can be found throughout 19th, 20th and 21st century India homes, schools, shrines, public halls and workplaces. Displayed within a wide range of contexts this art knows no class boundaries: in living rooms of the prosperous, on urban slum lean-to’s, in village thatched dwellings, framed in middle class kitchens.

The prints of specifically religious nature depict gods, goddesses, epic scenes, saints and sacred sites. Displayed in every kind of shop imaginable (tailor shops, tea stalls, grocery stores), transport (car and taxi dashboards, train conductors perch), upon persons (shirt pockets, wallets, purse), these iconic images are believed to act as talismans offering a means to worship, and, potentially access the divine.  

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similar calendar art paintings and/or prints have been exhibited and/or archived at the following venues:

=> Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia (Vancouver)

=> Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, (Vienna, 2001)

=> Indiana University Art Museum, (Bloomington, 1997)

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