Allegory Series III – Painting

Series name Allegory Series

The painting ‘Allegory Series III’ by Amal Ghosh comments on the relationship between colonialism and the process of resisting forces of oppression. In the painting, the figure wearing a European costume struggles with an elephant, who is a symbol of purity and innocence, and also represents the Indian god Ganesh who is the remover of obstacles.

Date of Creation / Publication1987
CreatorGhosh, Amal
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberAmal Ghosh Collection (GB 2661 AG)
Catalogue NumberAG/AW/AL/2
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Amal Ghosh.
Series notesThe following grouping includes a broad range of Amal Ghosh
Collection notesArtist Amal Ghosh was born in Calcutta, India, in 1933. He studied at the Government College of Art and Craft in Calcutta with tutors who had graduated from the British Slade School in the 1930s. As a result, his artistic training was characterised by strong classical European bias which emphasised formal instruction. After moving to the UK in the 1960scomma he completed his postgraduate education at the Central School of Art & Design in London, which later became Central St. Martin