Maa Durga paintings are considered to be very auspicious when kept at home. Goddess Durga paintings can adorn the living room walls or add a divine aura to the puja room at home. If you are considering buying the Goddess Durga painting, then opt for the ones made by Jamini Roy Paintings of Maa Durga for your home. They have a very special magical effect as if divinity meets art!
Goddess Durga in Jamini Roy paintings
Jamini Roy is the famous Indian painter born on April 11 in 1887. He left his mark on the world with his new style of painting that was influenced by Bengali folk art. He successfully bought the sensibilities of a trained painter to Indian art even in those times.
He made many famous paintings which depict the Hindu warrior Goddess Durga. She has nine different avatars that are worshipped during Navratri. And the artist knows exactly how to captivate each of the different avatars of the goddess.
Jamini Roy’s journey
Jamini Roy was born in Beliatore village, in Bankura district of West Bengal. In the year 1903, when he was only 16 years old, Jamini Roy left his Beliatore village and went to Calcutta (now Kolkata) to enrol himself at the Government College of Art. There he learned the tradition of drawing Classical nudes and painting in oils, which was prevalent in those times. Roy finished his education in 1908 and was given a Diploma in Fine Arts.
Under the guidance of Abanindranath Tagore, he studied the British academic style of painting and became well-known for his portraits. But he wasn’t satisfied with his output. It was in the year 1925 that he heard his true calling outside the famous Kalighat temple in Calcutta and that is when he rediscovered the art of Bengal Patras. He keenly observed the folk artist and learned it from them.
Jamini Roy used the Bengali folk art as a stone to bring down not two but three birds – a way to simplify and portray the lives of common people; to make his art easily accessible, and to popularize Indian art. He followed this Indian art perfectly and soon was fondly called a patua.
Jamini Roy’s unique painting style
Jamini Roy paintings reflect the indigenous art of Kalighat painting with bold sweeping brush strokes. His classical painting is characterised by his signature style — featuring spindly-eyed human and animal figures, drawn in clear outlines and filled with bright colours. His paintings were also inspired by East Asian calligraphy, terracotta crafts of the Bishnupur temple and traditional Alpana patterns and motifs from traditional Kantha quilts.
His paintings revolve around religious themes like Goddess Durga, Ramayana, Radha-Krishna, Jesus Christ, etc. Jamini Roy also painted scenes from the lives of the aboriginals called Santhals and the Baul musicians. He painted different stories, myths, and heroes too!
He used natural painting ingredients. He made a canvas of clay or lime-coated cloth/paper or wooden boards. He made a binding medium with egg-tempera and used tamarind seed for glue. Even the colours that he used were prepared from locally available material such as mud, chalk powder, limestone, lamp soot, kak Khouri, hangul, hartal and flowers. Jamini Roy gave up on the modern style of art and stuck to his roots, winning millions of hearts in the process.
Durga paintings Jamini Roy
Jamini Roy’s popularity remains undiminished over the years. Even today his prints still being mass-produced and his signature style adopted in one Durga Puja idol or another every year. He achieved his fame in 1938 when his artworks became the first Indian paintings to be displayed at a British ruled street in Calcutta. Later in 1940, his works were bought by average middle-class Indians as well as the European community. The Durga paintings became a norm in every Bengali household.
Jamini Roy Durga painting
You can never go wrong with this simple yet subtle depiction of Goddess Durga. In this painting, Jamini Roy has chosen a shade darker than most of his paintings. The Indian red milieu is made out of natural elements and mostly mud.