The fish swim in the white and grey foam of dancing saltwaters. As they swim about in concentric circles covering the entirety of the canvas, they form a kaleidoscopic view of basic, vibrant pastels. Cobalt blue and turquoise green and marigold orange and earthy brown. Heads shoving against tails, eyes peering characteristically out of their sockets. Each of the circle of fish is distinguished by a curve of miniscule triangles in the same colours as the bodies of the creatures that swim between them.
The humble origin of Madhubani paintings lies in the Mithila region of Bihar. The homebound women of the rural region developed their own rudimental but expressive style as they painted on the mud walls of their humble homes. Today these works of folk art are made on mobile canvases because they are desired by patrons of traditional Indian art the world over. The unusual one that you see on this page would be a fine addition to your space.
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