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The First Night in Exile Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Ramayana Series, Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), ca. 1775-1780 Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 9 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. (24.4 x 35.2 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Kaywin Lehman Smith, 80.181

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • beautiful
  • beauty
  • blue
  • calm
  • camping
  • cold
  • confused
  • dark
  • darkness
  • death
  • difficult
  • dim
  • dream
  • dreamy
  • dreary
  • dusk
  • dusky
  • escape
  • forbidding
  • gloomy
  • great
  • hills
  • hope
  • interesting
  • journey
  • landscape
  • loneliness
  • lonely
  • lonesome
  • lonley
  • love
  • monsoon
  • moon sight 
  • more of the same?
  • muddy
  • muted
  • mysterious
  • narrative
  • nature
  • night
  • nightmare
  • nightscene
  • nighttime
  • pain
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • picnic
  • rajput
  • rest
  • restful
  • river
  • rolling
  • rouault
  • sad
  • scenic
  • serene
  • sick
  • silent
  • skiing
  • solitude
  • somber
  • story
  • stream
  • sublime
  • suffering
  • tits
  • tranquil
  • transluscent
  • travellers
  • unclear
  • undulation
  • vertical
  • vishnu
  • water
  • woods

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

  • adventure
  • adventurous
  • alfresco
  • beautiful mood
  • blue
  • calm
  • camp
  • camping
  • cold
  • comradery
  • contemplative
  • cool
  • crossing
  • curious
  • dark
  • dark dreamy
  • dreamlike
  • dull
  • dusk
  • dynamic
  • environment
  • ethereal
  • evading
  • evening
  • evil
  • flee
  • flow
  • flowing
  • gloomy
  • intriguing
  • journey
  • kangra
  • landscape
  • life
  • meditative
  • moody
  • mysterious
  • mystery
  • narrative
  • night
  • night scene
  • night stop
  • nighttime
  • no
  • nomadic
  • omberous
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • pilgramage
  • quiet
  • relaxed
  • restful
  • resting
  • restness
  • river
  • royalty and servants
  • sad
  • serene
  • shadow
  • simple
  • sleepy
  • soft
  • solemn
  • solitude
  • somber
  • sombre
  • somnolence
  • soothing
  • starlight
  • starry
  • stealth
  • story
  • stream
  • subdued
  • supported
  • suspenseful
  • tranquil 
  • tranquility
  • transcendent
  • travel
  • travellers
  • twilight
  • unclear
  • waiting
  • waiting and being
  • water of life
  • wistful
  • working

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige
  • black
  • black blue
  • blackish
  • blue
  • blue green
  • blues indigo
  • dark beige
  • dark blue
  • dark green
  • dark green blue
  • dark navy
  • forest green
  • greeenish black
  • green
  • green blue
  • grey
  • indigo
  • mountain and river color is good
  • not sure
  • red
  • tan
  • white
  • yellow
  • 2

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • can't see on the screen
  • eight
  • four and two horses
  • nine
  • seven figures, two horses
  • to hard to see
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 14

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A journey comes to a pause along a river.
  • Dark scene
  • Healing or prayer for a sick person at river edge.
  • Funeral rite before putting the body in the river.
  • A night watch as travelers stop beside a stream that ruses diagonally across the page with stars and hills cascading down.
  • A moonlit stream on our way home.
  • Nightime meeting.
  • Travelers setting up camp and resting for the night, with one figure in the lower left gazing up at the beautiful starry sky.
  • Nighttime lovers with servants, next to river.
  • Nighttime scene of party camped under forest alongside river bank.
  • Camping by a river
  • Camping beside the river
  • Capitalism (beta)
  • A group of people have stopped to rest by a river during a journey.
  • This is a landscape of an ancient Asian countryside at night.
  • Leisure time by the beach.
  • By the banks of the river, the travelers rested for the night.
  • Camping
  • Too sick to continue
  • Travellers camped by a river at night.
  • A traveling caravan camps by the river on a starry, calm night, relaxing after a long-day's journey
  • Country picnic scene
  • Another night scene--stars in the sky, people reclining in a field, but others are carrying supplies, and horses are standing nearby.
  • Travelers rest by a river bank
  • Traders rest at nigh tby the side of the road with their goods and servants.
  • A group of people are resting beside a river.
  • A night camp
  • A prince rests by a river on a starlit night as his servants prepare the encampment.
  • Caravan camp under the stars
  • Travelers camp by a river on a clear starry night.
  • Someone/ a pair traveling w/ their servants, stopping to rest by a brook.
  • Rest after a long trip
  • Relaxing
  • Too difficult to make out
  • Night camping scene by a river
  • Travelers taking a rest by the river and talking while about to meet residents of this region.
  • Pilgrimmage to a foreign land
  • The riverside is at night.
  • It is dark and dull
  • Nighttime while people are traveling
  • Mysterious evening along a river.
  • Pilgrimage
  • Natural
  • Resting in beautiful setting by the water
  • People lounging by the river
  • Night, by a river, people resting while others work.
  • Fording a river and then relaxing.
  • Krishna and woman reclining under tree for a river side over night stay during travels
  • Rest break by a river offers respite for travelers.
  • Very hard to see on my computer as it is dark. A family camping near a river
  • Travelers at night resting by a river.
  • Two princes with retainers resting by a river
  • People making offerings.
  • Peaceful
  • Traveling group or family resting along the riverbanks at night.
  • A group of travelers rest riverside, tired from a long day of travel.
  • Choosing to die by a sacred body of water
  • Travellers resting by a river at night.
  • Travelers camp at night.
  • People over nighting on a long journey
  • Sickness
  • A group of travelers pausing for a rest beside a fast-flowing river
  • Watery looking scene with people and horses by the side of a river.
  • An instance of reverance
  • A peaceful scene at a river's edge.
  • Summer night caravan
  • Travellers camping by a river
  • The god travel
  • Resting on a riverbank
  • When its nighttime by the river, some people sleep, pray, or work
  • Making camp by a river.
  • Slant of the horizon line and gradient of value is interesting.
  • People bedding down for the night, probably traveling somewhere.
  • Men by the river.
  • Majestic sumptuous love near the river
  • Nightfall, prayer and thought.
  • A small group of travelers (probably holy men?) are approached or crowded by a group of traveling children??
  • At rest by a stream
  • Unusual perspective
  • Taking a break from traveling
  • A family or clan is resting near a river during the night.
  • DONT KNOW
  • A group stops to rest near a river while others work nearby.
  • A night scene of a river and riverbank on which people are resting
  • Travellers camp by the river as flunkies bring goods.
  • It composition is interesting and earthly.
  • Picking berries by the side of the lane
  • Relaxing under the stars
  • Night camp by a river
  • Travelers have stopped for the night near a road in a hilly landscape.
  • Baggage carriers and merchant
  • A cliff overlooking the water.
  • It is twilight
  • Wanderers who are traveling along a river.
  • Dark night on the road, a rest
  • Scenes by a flooded river
  • Night scene. Hills and stary sky to the right. Encampment on the left--men carrying, some lying down. One is blue--a god?
  • O, nature!
  • Escape from life.
  • A picnic at the river, while overlooking slaves working below.
  • Travelers relaxing by a river while their horses graze.
  • Evening landscape with figures
  • A mountain stream running past a group of men on a hunting or camping trip.
  • Camping by the river
  • The traveling party wait for the low water.
  • There is a river.
  • Night scene peaceful
  • Very dark image, set by a river, with a figure resting and another figure sitting by him; other people and horses complete the scene.
  • People resting on the grass
  • Boring and calm, dark and gloomy but mysterious
  • Calm and pecful night
  • S travelling king laying down to rest while his servants fetch the luggage
  • Traveler on a pilgrimage or a jorney
  • Making camp under the stars.
  • Leisure
  • Night camp at the river
  • Travelers resting on the grassy bank of a river at night.
  • Relaxation
  • Scene by a river from a folio
  • Night scene of people on the shore of a river; one lying down & relaxing (or sick?) while others watch porters bring up baggage. (NOTE: very hard to see - image too small)
  • PEOPLE AND HORSES AT A RIVERBED
  • A picnic is taking place on the banks of a stream.
  • An outing by a river.
  • The elite are resting while the workers are still working even at night.
  • At night by a ricer, travelers rest while their horses have a feed.
  • Depiction of healing in the river of a funeral with all the lines other than the river pointing to the sky.
  • Fellowship
  • Landscape of figures by a creek - a picnic? Evening.
  • Some travelers are resting for the night while their workers take care of their possessions
  • Everything is flowing away.
  • Muted migration.
  • Landscape painting
  • Tragedy
  • Figures recline in the countryside while others carry goods to them.
  • Travelers are camped by a river.
  • The wakefulness of death was upon them.
  • A campsite at night along the river, where we see horses, travellers resting and their servants.
  • This looks like a scene in which people are sleeping while on a journey.
  • A riverscape with horses and humans lounging and working.
  • A night by the river, solace.
  • In the night, along a riverbank, travelers rest while others perform duties associated with making camp.
  • All I can think of is Sidhartha.
  • Camping at night
  • Washing in a river
  • Travelers being approached at night ...part of a story
  • Dark
  • A night time landscape with travellers resting by a river.
  • River flowing at night by a campsite.
  • Pretty scene of couple sleeping by a river while their slaves bring them stuff.

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