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Folio from a Gita Govinda: Balarama Diverting the River Jamuna, c. 1780

India: Himachal Pradesh, Kangra, 1755-1805
Opaque watercolor on paper
painting: 15.5 x 25.2 cm. (6 1/8 x 9 15/16 in); painting (with blue borders): 17 x 27 cm. (6 11/16 x 10 5/8 in); sheet: 17.5 x 27 cm. (6 7/8 x 10 5/8 in)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon
M.2010.1.32.P
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

Not on view

This painting comes from a series illustrating the Gita Govinda, a poem describing the love between Krishna and his consort, Radha. It is thought to be part of the so-called “Second Guler Gita Govinda,” which was completed by the sons or grandsons of the renowned painters Nainsukh and Manaku between 1775 and 1780. The figures in this series occupy a lush, riverine landscape dotted with delicate songbirds and a variety of carefully rendered trees and flowers. It is a perfect setting for the moments of tenderness and introspection that make up the Gita Govinda.


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