Art/ Collection/ Art Object

A Holy Man Seated on a Terrace

Date:
ca. 1850
Culture:
India (Punjab Hills, Kangra)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (16.5 x 10.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.134.4
Not on view
The artist has masterfully used the sparse setting to highlight his subject. The figure is placed against a pale sky of graduated blues, framed on the sides by a marble archway and above by a fabric blind, the hot orange and yellow of which contrast with the pink rug with a softer green border in the lower portion of the page. The white of the holy man's robe seems blinding in its stark whiteness. These deftly handled coloristic effects set the stage for the sensitively observed portrait.
[ H. K. Kevorkian , New York, by 1918; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," 1999–2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings in the Punjab Hills," 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," November 20, 2007–March 16, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi’s Miniature Paintings," July 29, 2013–February 2, 2014.

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