The Warlis: Tribal Paintings and Legends

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Warli paintings, like Madhubani paintings, were first brought to the attention by the handicrafts and Handlooms Exports Corporation of India. Under the able guidance of Pupul Jayakar and her field assistant, Bhaskar Kulkarni, these art forms found their way into the urban art market. Jivya Mashe and his son Balu Masche, have drawn on a common store of tribal memory to give us these paintings of Warli legends, still delightfully current and part of their lives.Drawn in white on brown paper thinly smeared with cowdung paste, these semi abstract line figures spread over the surface in an easy narrative flow. They have evolved from restricted ritual drawings on mud-huts into a pictorial repository of folk tales, humour and myth. The paintings startle visually without the prop of colour; and with a remarkable economy of detail. The Warli vocabulary is almost hieroglyphic in effect. In this book there are 28 paintings.

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