This painting depicts Lord Krisha as a youthful man who can be seen upon a tree, with pieces of clothing stolen from the women bathing in the river. The tree is also inhabited with peacocks, India’s national bird. These women are called the Gopis, the young ladies of Brindavan. This painting took a creative spin to the scene and applied signature Madhubani colors and patterns in all the details of the painting. Lord Krishna is opulently dressed, with a peacock-feather crown. Meanwhile, the Gopis, who are traditionally drawn naked, are depicted with clothing on but their outerwear can also be seen on the branches from the tree where Krishna is on. The clamor and embarrassment from the Gopis are said to represent social conventions and other obligations. Meanwhile such feelings were eventually replaced by their surrender (arms raised) to be one in devotion to the God Krishna (represented by raising their hands and revealing their whole being to Krishna). The use of natural colors and patterns such as broken lines and stripes trace back to the traditions of Madhubani in Bihar. Notice that no space on the page is left blank which is another key feature of Madhubani art.
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