Rose or Thorn

Most famous for his oil paintings, Hemendranath Mazumdar was an artist born in 1894, in what is now Bangladesh.

As one of the founders of the Indian Art Academy, Mazumdar pursued naturalism and was a departure from the still then popular Bengal School.

A number of his paintings are dreamy in mood and have Bengali women in semi-transparent draperies and wet saris.

This painting (possibly “Rose or Thorn”) suggests dress styles of the 1920s and 1930s including the translucency of the sari and of course the armband. 

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