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Jan­garh Singh Shyam ( 1962-2001), a self-taught artist from ru­ral Mad­hya Pradesh, cre­ated works that were a won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional sub­jects and tech­niques adapted from his ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment in Bhopal. In the above im­age, one sees a wild boar with tigers in its stomach; a con­tra­dic­tion of the laws of the jun­gle. It is a mo­ment of fan­tasy that is high­lighted by the in­tri­cate and won­der­fully decorative pat­terns on the boar’s body and the con­trast­ing pal­ette used to de­pict the tigers. The sense of vol­ume and three-di­men­sion­al­ity are high­lighted by the stark, clean out­lines of the boar set against a plain back­ground.

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