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Jamini Roy

India 1887 – 1972

Seated woman adjusting her hair c. 1940s Place made: Bengal, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, gouache on card

Dimensions: 60.5 h x 36.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2012
Accession No: NGA 2012.825

Renowned as one of India’s greatest painters, Jamini Roy developed a distinctive modern style inspired by Indian folk art traditions. Seated woman adjusting her hair exemplifies Roy’s painting style, with simple elegant lines, bold colours and the recurring subject of a rural Indian woman dressed in a sari. Created during the period of resistance to colonial rule, as well as in the early years of Independence, Roy’s art focussing on local traditions became a symbol of Indian identity.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label