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KRISHNA SPURNED BY RADHA. Garhwal, c. 1780. Victoria and Albert Museum
KRISHNA SPURNED BY RADHA


Despite his love for Radha, Krishna was also attentive to the cow-girls, dancing with them in the forest and sharing their ecstatic embraces. Hurt by this callous behaviour, Radha wilts in lonely neglect. At last Krishna goes to seek her, only to find her bitter and aggrieved. She will now have none of him and he retires, stunned and ashamed.
In the picture, Radha, lovely as the clustering flowers which rise above her, droops sick at heart while Krishna stricken with remorse moves slowly away. The style is typical of Garhwal painting as practised by one of the master-artist's minor associates.