Signed 'Anjolie Ela Menon' (upper right)
Private collection, Dubai
Artiana / Sale 1802 / Lot 13 / South Asian Art - Classical, Modern and Contemporary / Dubai / 6-10 December 2018
Anjolie Ela Menon is best known for her religious-themed works. Her portraits incorporate a vibrant color palette rendered in variety of styles. A non-conformist artist, she preferred the ornate embellishments and colorations in Christian iconography, particularly Byzantine art, instead of the cubist style popular with her peers.
Menon's favorite medium was oil on masonite, as seen in this painting. Utilizing a muted palette of translucent colors, Menon layered thin glazes of oil paint onto hardboard and used dry brush on the image to achieve the texture. The influence of early Christian art is palpable in the picture, characterized by the frontal perspective, the averted head and the slight elongation of Christ's features. Her technique gives the work underlying luminescence and a muted glow reminiscent of medieval icons.