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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Extraordinary People's Art


This village art or folk art, Madhubani, is done by the poor rural women from a state in India. Instead of a painting brush a bamboo stick and cotton is used which is wrapped at the end of the stick and then dipped in bright and vibrant colours . The themes mainly concern Hindu deities, the pagan gods, images from day to day rural life or Hindu wedding. Sadly, for the extraordinary skill and craftsmanship, the artists make a very meagre income as compared to middlemen, curators and gallery owners who sell these at ridiculous prices at city emporiums and galleries.

13 comments:

  1. The vibrancy of the colors is amazing. The method used is interesting as well. Too bad the artists aren't paid better for their creativity.

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  2. gorgeous work - i'm with stevie on the commments about artists not being compensated.

    too often they are not - look at van gough - he never sold a painting while he was alive (so I heard)

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  3. It seems always the case, with the actual artists in third world countries - they create such beautiful art and they realize pennies from the profit for its sale. It is so criminal. It seems there should be some recourse.

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  4. what fantastic work and so unfair that the actual artist is not paid in full for all their effort and talent. I often wonder what I can do to make things right for people who are taken advantage off.

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  5. Oh what beautiful work! It is so unjust that the artists are not compensated properly.

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  6. This is extraordinary, to make this beautiful painting with the materials they have. These women are truly gifted, it was great of you to tell their story.

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  7. Incredible artistry! Thanks for sharing their work and their story.

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  8. Thank you for sharing this! Such intricate work and gorgeous, vibrant colors! I feel bad that they get such meager recompence.

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  9. Absolutely beautiful. I wish there was a way for them to market their unique talents for themselves. Fair Trade/Fair Art.

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  10. Wow...I know little about this type of art but it's vibrancy is just shouting at me...thanks for the introduction...

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  11. What beautiful colors ... wow.

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  12. Such vibrancy! Love this image.

    love,
    me

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