Friendship (1988)
Gouache painting by Subodh Maheshwari


  • Gouache painting, Paper
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 22 × 30 × 1 in (unframed) / 22 × 30 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Subodh Maheshwari

United States

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Artist's description:

In the painting “Friendship”, the eye is a symbol of the artist. Inside the pupil are two individuals embraced in a handshake, which demonstrates friendship. The five stair steps symbolize five necessary relationship characteristics: trust, respect, honesty, sharing and love. When we are able to climb the five steps, new doors are opened for us. This is signified by the half-open doors.

The purple door symbolizes the richness of life and loyalty. Through the opened doors, the artist creates light with the color yellow. Yellow and light signifies balance, support, hope and understanding found within a friendship. While black and gray areas indicate a dark period. This denotes when you have one worthy friend, your dark period can be overcome. You have the ability to see new avenues and hope in your life through the friendship. The pink color in the eye symbolizes the fulfillment in life.

“Bharat Hari Nitishatak,” an Indian Literary wrote the poem written on the painting. The following is its translation: A good friend saves you from sins. When a friend demonstrates positive attributes they enhance more light and energy. When a friend demonstrates negative attributes, the friend hides the negativity and causes destruction. During a time of need, a true friend is always standing beside you.

Materials used:

Gouache on Paper