Upon ascending the staircase to the gallery, one is instantly confronted with the bright yellow walls, giving a vivid background to the breathtaking Mitila paintings on display. Far from detracting from the works, the luminous color highlights the rich hues and bold shapes in the works.
The style of these paintings is simple in line and shape, yet beyond complex in pattern, sophistication and content. From the historical refrences to ancient Indian Gods, to the modern trials and tribulations of society including the depiction of an abortion clinic in India, these works display a wise and curious mind of the mostly female artists.
Having traditionally made similar paintings on the inside walls of their homes, recently these artists have been encouraged to produce their works on paper to allow them to sell and exhibit their works, thereby augmenting their income and exposing the rest of the world to this art form. Each painting can be studied for hours, from the meticulous patterning, the exquisite line work and vivid colors to the deep messages of ancient religion and modern life.
This exhibit is unlike anything I have seen at a museum and definitely worth a trip.