Warli: Threshing

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 fomr. 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 aorund the world. His style is simple and minimal with the usage of geometric patterns inspired from nature such as the triangle (inspred from mountains), the circle (inspired from the sun and moon) and the triangle (which has no equivalent in nature and is thus given a sacred association). This painting shows the process of threshing grain – circular formations in the corners may be seen where people are threshing the grain while in other spaces the hay is stacked up in mountains, seived and ground inside a closed hut and stored in double-storied granaries.

Threshing: 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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