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Plant and Curtain

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Mumbai (made)

  • Date:

    1990 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kulkarni, Shakuntala (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.92-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    The painting depicts two figures, their backs to the viewer, in the foreground with a curtain on the right hand side and a plant on the left hand side. A breeze billowing through the curtain is a recurring image used by the artist to give a sense of movement. Kulkarni places great emphasis on the construction/organization of her paintings and tends to use clear but subdued colours.

    Shakuntala Kulkarni was born in Mumbai in 1950. Since the mid eighties the artist's work has been concerned with the lives of urban women and their spaces (the home, work and society). In the early 90s, she shifted her work from the two-dimensional space of painting and printmaking to the three- dimensional space of sculpture and multimedia installations. Today, the artist addresses her concerns through performance videos. The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

  • Physical description

    Painting, watercolour on paper, depicting two figures, in the foreground with a curtain on the right hand side and a plant on the left hand side. A breeze billowing through the curtain is a recurring image used by the artist to give a sense of movement. The figures are seen from the back only, in her other works figures are placed behind newspapers, looking out of windows or have impassive faces, which serves as a means of depersonalizing them. Kulkarni places great emphasis on the construction/organization of her paintings and tends to use clear but subdued colours.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 73.5 cm, Width: 55.6 cm

  • Object history note

    Gift from Robert Skelton. Rp 91/1322

  • Historical context note

    Shakuntala Kulkarni was born in Mumbai in 1950. Since the mid eighties the artist's work has been concerned with the lives of urban women and their spaces (the home, work and society). In the early 90s, she shifted her work from the two-dimensional space of painting and printmaking to the three- dimensional space of sculpture and multimedia installations. Today, the artist addresses her concerns through performance videos. The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

  • Descriptive line

    Painting, 'Plant and Curtain', by Shakuntala Kulkarni, watercolour on paper, Mumbai, 1990

  • Collection code

    South & South East Asia Collection