Monsoon, Hemen Mazumdar

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Monsoon, Hemen Mazumdar, 1925-28. Watercolour on paper.

A museum-quality print made on thick and durable matte paper.

From Our Curator

Hemendranath Mazumdar resisted the prevailing winds of Indian art in the early twentieth century. The Bengal School, led by the Tagore brothers, had been calling for an "oriental" style of painting that would represent Indian themes more faithfully than the "academic art" favoured by the British. But Mazumdar believed that the naturalist forms of western painting had universal legitimacy, and sought, like Raja Ravi Varma before him, to apply a realistic technique to Indian subjects.

The Lost Heart, Hemen Mazumdar 

Monsoon beautifully conveys two things. First, it captures the exact atmosphere of monsoon rain passing over a river. Second, through sensitive attention to posture and expression, it offers a window into the soul of the woman washing her feet on the river ghat. Mazumdar specialised in intimate portraits of women, and this earned him commissions from half a dozen maharajas – but Monsoon stands above the rest due to its sense of emotional intimacy.

Extra Details

  • 8 x 10
  • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
  • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²)
  • Giclée printed on archival, acid-free paper
  • Opacity: 94%
  • ISO brightness: 104%
  • Blank paper sourced from Japan