“The Glow of Hope” by S.L. Haldekar
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Mysore
Glow of hope, also called “Woman with the lamp“, is a painting by Haldenkar. It is housed in a special room at Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore, India. The painting is currently on display on the second floor of the museum, in an enclave with a curtained window. The enclave is normally darkened, which highlights the subtlety of the glowing candle in the piece. When the light is turned on, the painting reveals remarkably subtle shades of pink and lavender in the woman’s sari. Opening the enclave’s curtain leads to yet another distinct view of the painting, the natural light exposing even more subtle gradations and details inthis magnificent work.
The painting shows an Indian woman holding a lighted lamp in one hand, the other hand covering the light of the lamp from the front. The woman is in a simple and traditional Indian saree. The effect of the painting is heightened by the shadow of the woman in the back.