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Mahabharata – Karna£ 155.00 – £ 680.00 BUY
Karna, the eldest of the Pandava brothers, the first son of Kunti and son of Surya – the sun god, was given up by his mother at birth. Raised by charioteers, tragedy followed him from an early age and his lifelong loyalty to Duryodhana clouded his judgement on many occasions. He was known for his courage, generosity and righteousness.
In this artwork Karna, the great hero, is covered with gold. His chariot is stuck to the ground in the midst of the battle due to the terrible course. The tension in the figure, the pride in the eyes, the glitter of the armour, the tragically mired chariot: the plastic use of pictorial matter raises the painting from a mere narrative intent to an intense expressive level.
Mahabharata – Karna and Kunti£ 155.00 – £ 635.00 BUY
This is one of the most moving scenes in the Mahabharata, the moment when Mother Kunti reveals to Karna that he is her first son and therefore the eldest of the Pandava brothers.
Karna is the secret son of Kunti Devi and Surya, the Sun God. On the banks of the Yamuna River, Kunti reveals to Karna the truth about the intimate kinship between them. Their encounter is one of the most poignant moments in the Mahabharata epic, so many sentiments involved in this scene, only piety collecting them all.
Mahabharata – Kunti and Surya£ 150.00 – £ 650.00 BUY
One of the most nuanced and inspiring characters in the Mahabharata would be that of Kunti. Her story arc has several layers and her complex childhood and her yearning to be loved all have a purpose.
The secret meeting of Surya, the sun god, depicted in this artwork, with the young Kunti that led to the birth of Karna displays her naivety. The social and psychological barriers make it impossible to reveal her surreptitious pregnancy. A young mother forced to conceal her new born baby by placing him in a basket and entrusting him to the waters of the Yamuna River.
The sunlight is absolutely protagonist in the painting and highlights the predominant narrative and artistic element.