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Portrait of an Old Man Northern India (Rajasthan, probably Marwar), ca. 1730 Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 9 3/8 x 5 7/16 in. (23.8 x 13.8 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of the executors of the estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.1322

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  •  wisdom
  • abstract
  • age
  • alone
  • arms
  • austere
  • backpack
  • beautiful
  • bland
  • boring
  • calm
  • centered
  • cool
  • deep
  • dervish
  • dignity
  • dull
  • ehh
  • elder
  • elderly
  • elegant
  • faith
  • final
  • gahndi
  • ghandi
  • grandfather
  • grandpa
  • grass
  • green
  • guru
  • holy
  • holy man
  • journey
  • learned
  • lonely
  • loner
  • lontano
  • man
  • mauve
  • meh
  • modernity
  • muted
  • nomadic
  • nose
  • old
  • old man
  • pale
  • pastoral 
  • patience
  • peaceful
  • peacefull
  • pensive
  • pilgrim
  • pilgrimage
  • pious
  • plain
  • portrait
  • prayer
  • pregnant
  • priest
  • religion
  • religious
  • rest
  • sand
  • scholar
  • serene
  • simle old man
  • simple
  • simplicity
  • sleepy
  • soft
  • solemn
  • solitary
  • solitude
  • somber
  • sparse
  • standing
  • still
  • the man
  • thought
  • thoughtful
  • too light to see
  • travel
  • traveler
  • travler
  • tummy
  • two arms?
  • ugh
  • walk
  • wanderer
  • weird
  • whateva
  • white
  • wisdom
  • wise
  • wise man
  • wizend

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

  • aimless
  • alone
  • authentic
  • beautiful
  • beautiful colors
  • biographical
  • blah
  • bland
  • boring
  • calm
  • calming
  • contemplative
  • costume
  • desolate
  • detached
  • dull
  • expectant
  • flat
  • formal
  • four armed
  • free
  • historic
  • indifferent
  • insightful
  • journey
  • k
  • lonely
  • lonliness
  • lost
  • majestic 
  • man
  • maturity
  • meaning
  • minister
  • old
  • old man
  • oldman
  • ordinary
  • pastel
  • pastoral
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • peacefull
  • pensive
  • personal
  • pilgram
  • plain
  • portrait
  • portraiture
  • quality
  • quiet
  • reflection
  • reflective
  • regal 
  • sabaku
  • sad
  • sage
  • seeker
  • serene
  • simplistic
  • solem
  • solemn
  • solitary
  • solitude
  • somber
  • spare
  • sparse
  • still
  • strange
  • strong
  • tired
  • torelant
  • travel
  • traveler
  • traveling alone
  • traveller
  • travels
  • wanderer...solace
  • washed out
  • white
  • wisdom
  • wisdom wandering
  • wise

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • avocado
  • beige
  • celery green
  • chartreuse
  • citron
  • dark cream
  • gold
  • green
  • green yellow
  • greenish yellow
  • greens
  • grey
  • lavender
  • light green
  • light yellow green
  • lime
  • moss green
  • ocre
  • okra
  • olive
  • pale green
  • pale green?  white?
  • pea
  • pea green
  • pinky tones
  • puce
  • purple
  • purple (bag)
  • saffron
  • sage
  • tan
  • white
  • white and green equally
  • yellow
  • yellow green
  • yellowish green
  • 2

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • One
  • one?
  • 1
  • 2
  • 45

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Portrait of a man.
  • A traveler standing in a field.
  • A mustached man, standing, wearing a white ankle-length robe, a light purple cap, and a darker (but not dark) thing strapped over one shoulder. Or perhaps it's a vest and I just can't see all of it; the man is standing in profile. He has sandals on. The man stands along, on a green field with a bit of sky at the top of the picture.
  • A traveling man pauses to take in the beautiful day.
  • A portrait of a traveler on a pilgrimage/
  • Solemn and quiet, contemplative - a man alone.
  • Gorgeous and lush and a little lonely.
  • Man standing in open field with shoulder bag
  • A man--maybe a pilgrim?--has a Napoleon complex or a stomach ache.
  • A man goes walking in a field.
  • Portrait of an old man.
  • A iman travels the desert spreading the word of allah.
  • Portrait of a mustacchioed, beardless elder.
  • A pilgrim on a journey.
  • Man in field with bag
  • Quiet peaceful figure
  • Full view of a man in white garment.
  • Simplistic
  • Old Man in a Field
  • Carefully rendered profile portrait of what seems to be a minister or saint (the headdress has that feel to it), probably Mughal subimperial or Deccan/ Golconda? (although I'd need a better res image or a look at the work itself to tell).
  • Solitary man thinking about his future.
  • Portrait of a scholar.
  • The inventor of the backpack
  • This looks like a portrait of a religious man.
  • Dressed in a white robe, a man holds a purple satchel on his shoulder and stands in the foreground against a green field.
  • Portrait of old man.
  • An elderly man, likely connected to the spiritual world, travels across a plane.
  • Portrait of a courtier or an important historical figure
  • Boring
  • Elderly man in traditional dress, modern (or more modern) artistic interpretation.
  • A traveler making a journey he's made many times before.
  • Someone has a tummy ache.
  • Seeker
  • A man with a bag goes from place to place
  • Man in white robe, purple sack and hat, green field, blue sky
  • Portrait of an older man.
  • This man is on a journey.
  • Mughal portrait.
  • A walk in a field.
  • Old man walking and contemplating
  • Can't think of anything.
  • An old man on a journey gazes off into the distant horizon.
  • Walking contemplation
  • An old man waits for a parade
  • Thinker
  • Portrait of a man that speaks of calm and simplicity through the spare use of color.
  • In profile, against a pale field of green,a single Indian man dressed in white, gazes beyond the picture's confines.
  • A holy man on a journey.
  • An elder walks to market in the morning.
  • Old man
  • A man with a backpack
  • An elderly male figure wearing a purple backpack stands serenely in a green field.
  • I love silhouetted figures -- it has a Sargent like quality to the painting -- very flat, stark white.
  • Traveling holy man
  • A simple composition in flat profile, almost a play off pieces cut out and pasted on.
  • Man contemplates.
  • Old man serious and important
  • Wise man
  • Simple , serene composition.....................like the colors
  • A portrait of a member of the ruling class.
  • Severe
  • I see s standing man with a "backpack".
  • Solitary
  • Portrait of a man
  • A pensive old traveller.
  • A portrait of a man.
  • The pilgrim sets out on his journey
  • Alone in green, the man in robes stares.
  • Man headed on a long spiritual journey
  • An elder of the village setting out on his final journey
  • Master commander
  • A journey to the end
  • Portrait of an old traveller.
  • Wise elder
  • A portrait, perhaps of a wandering ascetic.
  • A man staring into the distance, sadly. Looking for someone he has lost?
  • Man traveling in open field
  • Tour
  • Its triangular
  • Solitary male figure in white with two right arms
  • Hjghkj
  • Portrait of a standing man.
  • Man walking alone
  • A nobelman
  • A man of unknown occupation, not a noble, perhaps a merchant
  • This painting depicts a man, perhaps a Jain monk, wandering in a grassy field.
  • Mughal Personages Portrait.
  • An elderly man in formal clothing wears something purple on his shoulder.
  • Lone man with carry-all.
  • Sufi mystic on his travels
  • Protrait of a traveler
  • Profile portrait of a person in a green field.
  • Here is a simple painting of a perhaps travelling man.
  • An old man standing in a large field.
  • A man on a journey who has found peace
  • A man is on a walk and his belly aches.
  • It's an old man that has a woman's body
  • Golfing with a backpack and a wedding dress.
  • A thinking man in search of clarity
  • A whirling dervish comes to a complete standstill.
  • A solemn and austere portrait.
  • Portrait of an elder
  • Man seems to be serenely contemplating his place in life.
  • A wise man contemplates the quiet of a field.
  • Quiet solitude
  • A long solitary journey
  • A traveler from distant lands.
  • Old wise man
  • Older gentleman in elegant white robe in sparse scenery, mauve satchel on one shoulder. Alone.
  • Man.
  • How many arms does one man walking in a field need?
  • Old man scratching himself inappropriately in public.
  • Traveler in the desert.
  • A religious man in a white robe looiking into the distance.
  • A man, seen in profile, looks pensively outside of the frame.
  • Grandfather waits for dinner.
  • This is a profile of a man wearing a long white garment, simple hat, and what appears to be a shoulder bag.
  • This man is walking in contemplation as we watch him as the two right handed man
  • An older gentleman traveler.
  • The journey begins with a step
  • Long walk
  • A traveller
  • Man of learning and piety in the landscape.
  • Peaceful
  • An elder
  • A man standing with his left hand in his shirt pocket, carrying something on his shoulders in a green field
  • MAN ON HILL
  • also boring
  • Solitary figure
  • Boring, nothing to keep focused on
  • A man with a bag over a grass field staring at some point, he seems to be thinking about important things
  • Solitary peregrination
  • Man in field
  • A wise sage is traversing the land.
  • Religious scene? pilgrimmage?
  • This is a man in a field wearing all white and carrying a bag.
  • A pensive man in blank washed space.
  • Soft colors,simply composition gives a sense of calm.
  • I see a sense of apathetic desolation.
  • Portrait of a man.
  • A man in a white robe stands on a hill
  • A man in contemplation, likely a righteous or holy man, someone revered.
  • Portrait
  • Old man travelling
  • An old man walking
  • Elderly main near a hillside in white outfit
  • An old traveler in white crosses a big field.
  • A man in a white dress and wearing a backpack stands in an empty landscape staring at nothing
  • A portrait of a man who is possibly traveling
  • A portrait of a man.
  • A rather bland and ineffective attempt at portraiture, in which the subject has no real character and the setting says nothing.
  • Portrait of a man
  • A man hits the road on a spiritual quest.
  • An historical portrait of a holy person
  • A man of patience
  • Sufi
  • Full length profile portrait right side.
  • Mission
  • Boring
  • A brahmin walking...
  • A portrait of a low status or religious man
  • A man walking on a long journey.

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