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The Bullock Cart

Y. G. Srimati Indian

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Srimati’s scenes of rural life are both tender and immediate, revealing an empathy born of her experiences of the culture of self-reliance nurtured by Gandhi’s anti-British swadeshi movement. This political agenda promotes the nobility of labor, a theme beloved of Edwardian artists and given a nationalist edge by Indian artists of the Bengal School such as Ramkinkar Baij, Nandalal Bose, and D. P. Roy Choudhury. The Bullock Cart epitomizes this celebration of Indian rural life. The high perspective, affording the viewer a vantage into the covered cart that carries the driver’s family, elevates the work above the descriptive.

The Bullock Cart, Y. G. Srimati (Indian, 1926–2007), Watercolor on paper, India (Chennai)

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