In the late 60’ and early 70’s Jogen Chowdhury brought into the public domain personal erotic fantasies that germinated with a life of their own. Chowdhury depicted many disturbing subjects in his paintings such as soft pillows and mattresses, ripe pumpkins sheltering a fertile life in their core, limp flowers drooping from a vase almost always painted against a dark background.

‘Tiger in the Moonlit Night’ is charged with the powerful undercurrents in a man-woman relationship, insinuating a compelling sexual energy, mixed with insecurity and vulnerability. The strong imagery is complemented with the use of supple lines defining the figure and the tonal variations created by cross- hatchings.


  • Title: Tiger in the Moonlit Night
  • Creator: Jogen Chowdhury
  • Creator Lifespan: 1939
  • Creator Nationality: Indian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1978/1979
  • Physical Dimensions: w2265 x h1550 cm (Without frame)
  • Type: Ink and pastel on paper
  • Rights: National Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Modern Art

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