Warli: Harvesting

c. 20th century

Warli is a tribal artform mostly created by natives of the North Sahyadri ranges of India, encompassing many regions of Maharashtra. Originally warli was done on the walls of their huts by women, but now men also practice this art. The subject matter is always depictions of their day to day life and their close encounters with the nature that live with. Jivya Soma Mashe is one of the most important Warli painters who was responsible for taking the art form out of the mud huts, transferring them on canvas and making them popular around the world. His style is simple and minimal with the usage of geometric patterns inspired from nature such as the triangle (inspired by mountains) and the circle (inspired by the sun and moon) and the square (which has no equivalent in nature and thus carries a sacred association). In this painting by Mashe, the process of harvesting can be seen—on the left is the field where the harvesting of grains is in process, while the remaining space is filled by a water body from where water is being channelled through pipes.

Harvesting: Warli
c. 20th century
Jivya Soma Mashe
Cow dung and acrylic on raw canvas
52.0 cm x 96.0 cm
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