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In this artwork, Lord Krishna is represented by the trees in the painting. While an uncommon depiction, the peacocks and lotuses seamlessly blending into the tree indicate the connection with Krishna.
Usually, Pichwais don’t carry an artist’s signature because each artwork is created by a group of artists. However, when a Pichwai is created by an acclaimed or senior master artist, he may add his signature on to it. This artwork carries the signature of renowned Pichwai artists, Nitin and Nilesh Sharma, hence increasing its value.
Note: Actual colour of the artwork may vary slightly from the photograph.
Pichwai (pichvai) is a style of painting that originated over 400 years ago, in the town of Nathdwara near Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. Intricate and visually stunning, pichwai paintings, made on cloth, depict tales from Lord Krishna’s life. Creating a pichwai can take several months, and requires immense skill, as the smallest details need to be painted with precision. Lord Krishna is often depicted as Shrinathji in Pichwais, which is the deity manifest as a seven year old child. Other common subjects found in pichwai paintings are Radha, gopis, cows and lotuses. Festivals and celebrations such as Sharad Purnima, Raas Leela, Annakoot or Govardhan Puja, Janmashtami, Gopashtami, Nand Mahotsav, Diwali and Holi are frequently depicted in Pichwais.
The word Pichwai comes from ‘pichh’ meaning back, and ‘wai’, meaning textile hanging. They are made by members of the Pushti Marg sect, founded by Shri Vallabhacharya in the 16th century. Originally, pichwai paintings were used to decorate the temple of Shrinathji (Shrinathji ki Haveli) in Nathdwara, hung behind the deity to celebrate different seasons, festivals and events in Lord Krishna’s life. Over time, pichwais also found a place in the homes of art connoisseurs, owing to their visual appeal. Like several other traditional Indian art forms, the art of Pichwai is also dying, and requires recognition and revival.
|Artist:||Nitin and Nilesh Sharma|
|Size:||61 x 65 inches|
|Medium:||Gold Leaf on Cloth|
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