Relaxing Krishna Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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Extremely mesmerizing is the gold embellishment of this Tanjore painting that portrays Lord Krishna who is an ocean of mercy and bliss. Whoever sees His attractive form gets absorbed in the highest form of pleasure because His transcendental form is Sac-cid-ananda; Eternal, and full of knowledge and bliss. Therefore, when He appeared in the holy land of Vraja, the inhabitants of Vrindavan were astonished to see the beautiful bodily features of Krishna, wondering how can someone be so attractive. They were always absorbed in the thoughts of Krishna and loved Him with all their hearts. Krishna being the source of all pleasures, gave them the highest form of pleasure in return. 

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Tanjore PaintingTraditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Dimensions 10.5 inch x 12.5 (With Frame)
7 inch x 9.2 inch (Without Frame)
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Infused with rich and vivid traditional colors, this painting describes the All-Attractive Krishna in an exuberant way. He is calmly seated on a recliner and is accompanied by mother Yashoda who looks upon her sweet child with unconditional love. She has nicely decorated Krishna with a perfectly pleated dhoti and several glittering ornaments on His ever-youthful body. A peacock feather adorns His head and due to His fair complexion, He appears just like the glowing sun. Krishna’s beauty exceeds that of thousands of cupids as He is the source of all six opulence – beauty, fame, power, wealth, renunciation, and wisdom. Krishna loved stealing eating butter from the houses of gopis and therefore He is also known as Makhan Chor. To please Him, Mother Yashoda offers Him butterballs with great affection. She is always engaged in His loving service and in return, Krishna gives her pure bliss. Whoever sees Krishna sees nothing but an eternal festival and joy.

How are Tanjore paintings made?

Tanjore painting is a traditional form of art in the South Indian style and was started by the inhabitants of a small town known as Thanjavur of Tamil Nadu. This gives it another name called “Thanjavur painting”. This painting draws its figures, designs, and inspiration from the time when Vedic culture was prevalent in India. Certain remarkable features of a Tanjore painting distinguish it from other paintings. Some of these are pure gold or gold foil coating on gesso work, the use of rich and vivid colors, and the inlay of cut-glass or semi-precious and precious stones. The subjects of most of the Tanjore paintings are Hindu Gods, Goddesses, and saints. The main devotional figure is portrayed in the central portion of the painting and is usually surrounded by various secondary figures.

The process of making a Tanjore painting

The classic Tanjore paintings are done on wooden planks and hence are also referred to as Palagai Padam in South India (Palagai = Wooden plank, Padam = Picture). Creating a masterpiece is never an easy task but the skilled artists of Thanjavur have been following the tradition of making timeless Tanjore paintings for decades.

The making process begins with preparing the wooden board or canvas. The size of the board depends upon the choice of the patron. The next step is to paste cardboard over the wooden board and then a cotton fabric is stretched and pasted upon it using Arabic gum.

Tanjore Painting Wooden Base

Now that the cloth is attached to the wooden panel, a rough sketch of the motifs and figure is drawn onto the fabric. After this, a paste of chalk powder and water-soluble adhesive is evenly applied over the base and smoothed.

Sketching of Tanjore Painting

Thereafter, the outlines which were made or traced using a stencil are now ready to be beautified and decked with various add-ons. The usual materials for decoration are cut-glass, pearls, semi-precious and precious gems, gold leaf, and laces. 22 or 18 Karat Gold leaves and gems of varied hues are especially inlaid in areas like pillars, arches, walls, thrones, and dresses.

Gold Inlay work on painting

In the final step, the rest of the painting is filled with rich and striking colors such as shades of red, blue, and green. Formerly, the artists used natural colors like vegetable and mineral dyes instead of chemical paints. The entire painting is then cleaned and refined to give a flawless finished look.

Since the making of a single piece of Tanjore painting requires a complex and elaborate process, the artists usually take at least one or two months to complete it. The use of pure gold foil and gems for beautification is a characteristic of an authentic Tanjore painting. Due to this, Tanjore paintings last for generations without getting tarnished and are much more expensive than general paintings. Though the art form has undergone various changes and technique modifications over the years, it continues to attract the hearts of art lovers.

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