Paint my love.. my mum

Updated on May 12, 2007 09:30 PM IST
Artists on their favourite art work depicting facets of motherhood.
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Lalitha Lajmi
I don’t have any particular favourite. There are about three representations of mother that I really like. Fra Angelico’s Madonna and Child at the Uffizi in Florence and Alessandro Bottice l l i ’ s The Madonna and Child with an Angel also at the Uffizi.

My instinctive reaction, however, was Husain saab’s Mothe Teresa and then I was reminded of these wonderful masterpiece by the greats of Western art.

Jehangir Jani M J Enas’ life-size sculpture titled Mother Courage I think i very poignant. It depicts a burdened old lady who is pulling a cart. It depicts the mother as someone who provides unconditional love. Love for her is not a duty and for the same reason she does not suffer.

Anjana Mehra I can’t think of any particular work. But in my own work there was phase… when I was in college.. a friend of mine committed suicide. For decade after that I painted only in black and white. But while I wa pregnant with my son Karan, I followed my pregnancy very closely.

The whole process of another body growing in me. It was an experience. Then one day I felt a spark of life in me and I took up colour again.

Bose Krishnamachari
It would have to be my painting in which I portrayed my wife and my son. Titled End is the Origin, the painting gets its name from a Rabindranath Tagore play.

I think the womb in the beginning and the end of life and that was playing on my mind when I titled the painting.

Payal Khandwala
There is a painting by Egon Schiele titled Dead Mother. It is rather morbid painting. I am not suggesting that the painting is representative of Mother’s Day but whenever I think of a mother and a child relationship, for some reason I remember it. On first viewing sallow figures appear to be sick or dying but when you look at it closely, you realise that it is almost womblike. I think it is a very intimate portrait.

(As told to Gitanjali Dang)

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