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Sohni Swims to Meet her Lover Mahinwal Northern India (Farrukhabad), ca. 1775-1780 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 10 5/8 x 15 1/8 in. (27.0 x 38.4 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Dr. Bertram H. Schaffner, 77.208.2

Some participants were asked to respond to this painting. Here are their responses:

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • bathing
  • beautiful
  • blue
  • contrast
  • countryside
  • courtship
  • dark
  • darkness
  • devotion
  • dramatic
  • dream like
  • dreamscape
  • dreamy
  • drown
  • dusky
  • dynamics
  • endangered
  • epic
  • evening
  • fable
  • field
  • float
  • floating
  • flow
  • flying
  • focused
  • forbidden
  • forest
  • green
  • haunting
  • holy
  • intreguing
  • kangra scene
  • lake
  • legend
  • light
  • lonely
  • longing
  • love
  • love song
  • loverly
  • lovers
  • lust
  • lyrical
  • magical
  • midnight
  • moody
  • mysterious
  • mystery
  • mystic
  • mystical
  • mythical
  • night
  • night flight
  • night swing
  • nightime
  • not sure
  • notturno
  • pastoral
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • prayer
  • precise
  • religion 
  • rescue
  • river
  • romantic
  • searching
  • serenade
  • serene
  • serenity
  • siren
  • social class
  • sohini
  • solace
  • solemn
  • stormy
  • strange
  • subtle
  • suicide
  • supernatural
  • sweet
  • swim
  • swimmimg
  • tragedy
  • tragic
  • tranquil
  • unreal
  • water
  • yashoda
  • yearning

Enter a word that describes the subject or mood of this painting:

  • amore' and admiration
  • basking
  • beseeching
  • calm
  • calming
  • camping
  • centered
  • clever
  • communal
  • contrast
  • cross river
  • dark
  • devotion
  • die
  • dramatic
  • dream
  • dreamer
  • dreamlike
  • dreamy
  • dusk
  • epic
  • ethereal
  • fairy
  • fairy tale
  • family
  • folklore
  • forbiden
  • gorgeous
  • green
  • hopeful
  • i like the dark forest.
  • impossible
  • inspiring
  • intense
  • intrigue
  • landscape
  • lonely
  • longing
  • lore
  • love
  • love story
  • lovers
  • luminescent
  • lush
  • magical
  • meditation
  • melancholy
  • mistic
  • moody
  • moonlit
  • mysterious
  • mysterious woman
  • mystic
  • mystical
  • myth
  • mythical
  • night
  • night swimming
  • nighttime
  • noctural
  • nocturnal
  • otherworldly
  • passionate
  • pastoral
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • prayer
  • quiet
  • relationship
  • religious
  • river
  • romance is in the air
  • romantic
  • searching
  • secret longing
  • seductive
  • seeking
  • serene
  • sharp
  • sohni mahiwal
  • solid composition...
  • somber
  • spiritual.
  • spying
  • storytelling
  • strange
  • supernatural
  • surreal
  • tantalization
  • threatening
  • tranquil
  • visitor
  • warrior
  • water
  • watery
  • wistful
  • wonder
  • wonderful
  • yearning
  • young love

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • balck
  • black
  • black dark green
  • black then green
  • black?
  • blackish green
  • blue
  • blue green
  • bluegreen
  • dark blue
  • dark gray
  • dark green
  • dark green black
  • forest green
  • geen
  • gray
  • green
  • grey
  • grey black
  • hunter green
  • navy black
  • terre vert
  • violet
  • white yellow
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 16 (animals and people)
  • 17 (animals included)
  • 3 people, about sixteen animals
  • 5 human, 13 animals
  • Two
  • about 5
  • ditto
  • five
  • five human figures
  • four
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 19

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Women bathing and enjoying recreational time.
  • Two people are hunting wildebeasts on the other side of a river from a campsite.
  • This river sustains us all.
  • A beautiful night comes to a close with music.
  • Alluring song of the shepherd.
  • Village scene
  • Looks like some sort of hidden love happening at night.
  • Man calling woman in a field at night.
  • This is confusing; it appears that there is a floating woman.
  • Insomniac water buffaloes kept awake by gossiping girls
  • A lady is being called out by her lover
  • Like the composition - three registers of activity. And would like to know the story.
  • Adf
  • Krishna crosses a river in the countryside
  • Swimming across the river
  • Nighttime intrigue.
  • Pastural landscape with figures and animals at night.
  • A night scene focusing on two women.
  • The story being told unfolds above.
  • Serene
  • Outdoors, water, animals on the banks; calm.
  • Serene and beautiful pasture painting with deep colors and lovers talking
  • Night time landscape populated with cattle and trees, body of water glows, a few humans and other animals are enlightened
  • Perhaps a depiction of a myth, with two women by a river at night.
  • Nightscene, in which a woman floats over a river to a seated figure on the opposite shore.
  • A family scene.
  • Rich
  • Indian version of "Christiana".
  • An evening pastoral scene is highlighted with the images of two women.
  • Man playing for a woman he loves ho is trying to get to him across a river.
  • Dont know
  • Camping by the river
  • Dark
  • Maiden crossing the river
  • Waiting for lover
  • (No idea)
  • A riverside scene with gods.
  • Nightfall
  • Seems romantic and moody
  • A woman struggles to get to her lover across a wide river while the rest of the world remains the same.
  • SUPERB COLORS
  • A nighttime scene near a village with women bathing
  • A woman is in the middle of a field. Or a lake.
  • A woman leaves her family and attempts to cross a river to reach her lover, a cattle herd.
  • Forlorn figures, drawn across river
  • Woman bathing at night in the river while others tend to the flocks
  • A man with a sword watches a herd of cattle, while a woman appears to swim in a lake in the middle-ground, and a holy man and his attendants tend a flame in the foreground.
  • Fantasy
  • Evening on the river.
  • Romantic
  • A woman is drawn to the sounds of the cattle herder's music, while her family is unaware of her absence.
  • Shepherd watching his flock, maiden falling in love with him.
  • The still and joy of the countryside
  • Two people connecting in the dark night.
  • Spirits playing
  • Woman swimming in dark
  • Hoping for dreams
  • Life
  • Two magical figures in the dusk (too small to really see what's going on)
  • Lover watching the prowess of a hunter
  • Lovers singing to each other.
  • A shepherd soothes the night
  • A woman working in the fields talks to another woman sitting beside the field, and the rest of the painting, cast in shadow, portrays a few men by a campfire and a group of cattle.
  • This pastoral scene shows two narratives: the bright figures in the background and the shadowy figures in the foreground.
  • Two women are bathing at night unaware they are being watched.
  • Krishna and possibly radha, with krishna playing music while his cows are on the bank of a river
  • A woman drowning, but not, while people occupy the banks of the river.
  • Leaving home to see the shephard
  • Woman on river watches shepherd.
  • Different worlds.
  • Nightlife and dreaming of a future
  • It has a serene theme in the way it is composed.
  • Woman drawns while people watch on shore
  • Dark
  • Lovers seperated
  • A woman drifts down the river while a soldier rests on the bank and an old man huddles in the shadows.
  • A bit weird
  • The night falling
  • Serene
  • A mysterious scene of two men and a woman by and in a river.
  • It reminds me of calling on an essence.
  • Summer eve
  • Nighttime lover's reflection inspire awe
  • It is dark, there is hope and suffer.
  • Scene on a riverbank.
  • A typical day
  • Woodland indian elves.
  • I like the moody colors here. I wish I could zoom in and see what was going on better. We have a cowherd playing a flute, a woman on the water whose yellow clothing attracts the eye, and a sort of sage/mystic in the foreground.
  • Woman in a stream answering the prayers of an old man.
  • Harvest
  • A young woman ventures into the forest at night, perhaps to clandestinely meet the shepherd who watches over the flock of animals.
  • Ladies bathing in the river, while the men sit by the fire.
  • A mysterious figure arrives in a tranquil land.
  • Dreams from the campfire
  • A woman bathes in the river by night
  • Harmony.
  • A woman swimming in the evening
  • A woman swimming in the river focuses on a young man seated on the shore, while animals and other figures surround them in darkened foreground and backgrounds.
  • Very rustic in the night time
  • Life on earth and up in the heavens
  • Villagers and two women or spirits of the woods
  • Night time with river
  • Nightime rendezvous
  • Evening
  • Dont know
  • Tantalizing love.
  • A nighttime scene, a woman flies or swims across a road (or stream?) to visit someone on the other side.
  • Two friends divided by a river try to get to one another
  • Too small to tell but some sort of representation of farming
  • Flirting
  • The human/nature relationship
  • Field with women and animals
  • A woman looks for guidance from the gods.
  • Intriguing landscape
  • Something surreal
  • A shepherd plays music while a lady swims at night.
  • A lovely night scene, with shepherd witnessing a woman of privilege in the water, overseen by a mystical person.
  • People and animals are scattered throughout a landscape.
  • The saffron-clad goddess hovers above the suffering people like the music played by the other godly being.
  • A night scene.
  • I'd like to think that this painting tells the tale of lovers.
  • A love story
  • People and animals relax at night.
  • Night time
  • Night scene, woman at the center looking hopefully or praying.
  • Two figures are romantically meeting in the cover of night.
  • It is night, and two lovers are calling to each other
  • A soothing night's song for man and beast.
  • A girl leaves her family's camp to visit the farmer she hopes to one day marry.
  • God-like creatures suspended mid air being observed by minor characters
  • Nighttime depiction of a family, strong color
  • A night time rural scene with 2 highlighted main characters communicating across a divide, with several less well lit people and animals in the foreground and background
  • Daily scene of a shepherd
  • The goddesses of the harvest.
  • A tribe and the goddsses of the water and animals
  • A pastoral love scene with great-looking cattle.
  • A scene at night - the princess is attracted by a cattle drover.
  • Mystical
  • Dreaming of the herder.
  • Meditation
  • A women bathing while another talks to the animals.

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