Lord Ganesha has the demeanour of a child. All innocence and generosity when it comes to love. He also has a performing arts side, which the artist has captured in the oil painting that you see on this page. It depicts the chaturbhujadhari (four-armed) son of Shiva-Parvati playing on the dhol.
The first thing about this work of art that strikes the onlooker is the luxuriant colour palette. Lots of blues and purples and yellows, imbued with a gold-like vibrance. While the finished texture of the colours has a lot to do with the oil-on-canvas medium, the painter’s skill is beyond remarkable. Zoom in on each upholstered section of Ganesha’s folk musical instrument and the explicit detail of every jewel that adorns His form.
As such, it is an irresistible, radiant composition. The straight, equanimous gaze of the Lord’s eyes te bejewelled gold lamps on either side of the lotus beneath His feet, and the network of flowers that frame His portly dancing figure add to the liveliness of the work.
A garland made of fresh blooming flowers and leaves is created in order of increasing size. This rich offering of love is then arranged around a dancing image of Lord Ganesha beating rhythmic beats out of the colorful mridangam in his hands. The ever faithful mouse sits playing cymbals at his lord's feet.
Of Related Interest:
Sculptures of Ganesha
Gallery of Oil Paintings
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