Calendar Art Painting [521-6001]

Calendar Art Painting [521-6001]

900.00

[GIRL WITH ROSE]

22 x 22-7/8” in    [56 x 58 cm]

India, anonymous, date unknown, polychrome gouache

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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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