The turkey cock, by unfurling its plumage, is trying to attract the female turkey in the background. The rapid brushwork and bright colours evoke the influence of the Post-impressionism and express the liveliness ingrained in the subject of the painting.
The artist, Rajaram Daji Panvalkar (1892 – 1952) was an artist with many skills and hobbies. Panvalkar passed the second and third grade examinations from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1906 and 1908 respectively. Further, he completed his Diploma in Drawing and painting in 1913. He trained in portraiture under M. V. Dhurandhar and A. X. Trindade. During this period he worked for one year as a Pupil Teacher. Panvalkar sent his works to Bangalore, Calicut, Mysore, Indore, Nashik and Kodaikanal from 1914 to 1929. He worked proficiently in watercolours, pastels and oils. He believed that realism was the only true art and had doubts about the genuineness of modern art.
Oil on canvas
81.4 x 60.8 cms.