Shekhawati collages came to be assembled around the 1930s using a cut-and-paste technique. These small format works were patronized by members of the Marwari community originally from the Shekhawati region of North-East Rajasthan who, by the early 20th Century, had spread their business interests to the major urban centers of India. The medium for the particular group displayed at Chatterjee & Lal are Chromo lithographs, produced either in Europe and America, onto which various types of indigenous prints, printed in Bengal, are overlayed.
The magic of these works lies in the transformations that are set in motion by bringing together visual material from such startlingly diverse sources. The finished collages uniformly delve into Hindu mythology, most often with an emphas (...)