Gogi Saroj Pal delineates here the form of a woman and the underlying elements, as is the characteristic of her practice. The lucid depiction of the figure, lends a lyrical quality to the visual. The female is shown seated on a formless support, draped in a translucent beige fabric, that covers one shoulder. Her hair is open, flowing down her back, while her face is bent downwards, looking tenderly at a figure of a dog. Although the artist resisted in marking out her facial features clearly, we still manage to get a faint suggestion of them, delighting in the composed and subdued nature of the painting. The figure of the animal, that appears to be a dog, is painted in black, and is shown sitting close to the female. It’s face is resting on the lap of the woman, thus displaying a sense of warmth and comfort. At the same time, both her hands are shown placed on its body, one lovingly caressing its face, the other on its back. The work is a rich portrayal of the meaningful connection between humans and animals, and their peaceful coexistence. It seems as if the artist has intentionally stripped the work of any other component, as if to triumph the subject in the most powerful way possible. The background again is free of any layer, and is left plain in a sold colour.

Relationship by Gogi Saroj Pal

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  • Modernist Gogi Saroj Pal’s practice largely champions women as its subject, highlighting the issues concern their existence. Born in Neoli, Uttar Pradesh in 1945, The artist received her initial training in art at the College of art, Banasthali, Rajasthan in 1961-62. Shen then went on to pursue a diploma in Painting at Government College of Arts and Crafts in Lucknow between 1962-67, followed by a Postgraduate diploma in painting at the College of Art in New Delhi, 1969. She has been a recipient of the National Award from the Lalit kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 1990. She was also awarded in the 12th Cleveland International Drawing Biennial, Middlesbrough, U.K, amongst many other accomplishments. She has displayed her work widely in exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, the most recent of the lot being Portrait of an Artist', Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi, 2011, 'The Feminine Unbound', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, ‘All These Flowers Are For You’, London Art Gallery, London in 2004, ‘Women Artists’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, 1997. \n

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