In this idyllic scene, the goddess Parvati offers her husband Shiva a drink, as they enjoy a quiet moment together. Their children, the elephant-headed Ganesha and Skanda, play inside a tent made from the hide of an elephant demon that Shiva had slain. Both parents are clothed in animal skins, the garb of mountain-dwelling ascetics, while Shiva is further adorned with a long necklace of skulls and a snake.
The narrative and iconographical elements of this scene alludes to multiple aspects of Shiva’s character—as lover, family man, destroyer of evil, and supreme practitioner of austerities—but, as is typical of Kangra painting, the overall mood is one of tranquility and domestic harmony.
Kangra was a small Rajput state in the Punjab Hills, which lie at the foot of the Himalaya in the far north of India. From the mid-eighteenth century, artists in this region began to adapt certain features of European painting, as filtered through Mughal painting. That impact is seen here in the naturalistic palette and treatment of forms, especially the animals and tree.
Why did I buy a mamy 6 & 7? Simple - an architect, who's wedding I photographed, wired me for a [illegibile] job in L.A. He wished to decoarte the walls of a new corporate office (ING) with photos of L.A.I could shootanything I wantedas long as it were in L.A. Fair drinkin as the Ausies say. Let'sface it, David no city, can be shot with soley a 35 when you're making prints 20 & 24. The broad expanses of L.A. had to be done with a larger format. I'd been [illegibile] in the medium format direction wer since I saw the 6 & 7. Leicas on steroids - just what I need. THis photowas shot with a 6. I love the 50 mm - forces me in. Remember what Robt. Cape said. If your pictures aren't good enough, you're probably not close enough. You don't haveto tell this coop that twice. Sempre, Mel 7/80"
25.4 x 20.32 cm (10 x 8 in.)
A man with his glasses on his hand on the shoulder of a girl and looking at her, while she is wearing a sweatshirt and is in profile view.
Inscribed in graphite, l.r.: P. DELVAUX/1934; verso, in graphite, l.c.: (Other Side); in blue ballpoint pen on white sticker, l.r.: 73; above sticker, in black ballpoint pen: 70 [encircled]; below, in graphite: 73/34 [crossed out]
Verso of mat, inscribed in graphite, l.l.: 65.10
Collector's mark, l.r.: hammer and hand with initials G. H., enclosed in a circle [not in Lugt]