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THE GODDESS

Postures and gestures bring a sense of fluidity and movement into the artwork, imparting a performative value and larger than life presence to the canvas. While exuding a sense of religiosity, the figure of the woman is sensuous and expressive. Starting from the eyes to the hand gestures, the figure seems to be frozen in a dance posture. Her hands are extended in gestures seen in the idols of Goddesses, also adopted in dance mudras, enacting the myths about Goddesses. The painting is further deepened in meaning when one observes the attire worn by the figure. The colour of the saree is midnight blue, and spread right across it, seem to be a million stars. It is as thought the woman is a sensuous embodiment of the vastness of the spirit, assuming postures inspired by religion. The use of dots for the shading points to an exposure to the Pointillist movement in the West, and the coupling of the explicitly Hindu and Indian imagery with the use of pointillist technique reveals a cosmopolitan consciousness of the artist, who has a keen interest in the regional life around him.

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