Krishna and the Gopis
Indian, Bihar Province (Indian)
MediumInk, pigment on paper
Dimensions- : 29 1/8 x 21 3/8 in. (73.98 x 54.29 cm)
Frame : 32 3/4 x 24 7/8 in. (83.19 x 63.18 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelAn avatar of Vishnu, Krishna is a major divinity in the Hindu religion. Gopis are female cowherds whose pure, unconditional love for Krishna is described in many Hindu legends. This painting depicts a story in which the blue-skinned Krishna plays his flute and dances with the gopis of Vrindavan. The painting belongs to a modern folk art tradition from the state of Bihar in northeastern India. For centuries, women of the Mithila region in Bihar painted sacred images and symbols on the walls of their houses to mark major festival days and life events such as births, weddings and deaths. These paintings were discovered by foreign art critics in the middle of the 20 th century and have since become widely admired for their stylized forms and bold color schemes.