Painting - Unknown (made Available By Chromo-lithography)
The artist Narottam Narayan Sharma depicts the flute-playing child-Krishna in an enchanted moonlit landscape. The artwork is signed by the artist lower right, along with the name of his hometown, the Krishna pilgrim center of Nathdwara in Rajasthan. Originally printed in Germany on state-of-the-art chromo-lithographic presses in the mid-1930s, on artwork supplied by the Indian publisher S. Bribasi & Sons, of Karachi & Muttra [Mathura].
Narottam Narayan's paintings marked a conscious return to a more traditional style of representation, wherein realism was less paramount than the images' iconic nature and engagement with the viewers. An "example par excellence" is his painting Murli Manohar (1934), which is reputed to be the best-selling image in the history of the industry.
September 5th, 2021
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