Mongolian Fine Art Masterpiece “Botgon tsagaan uuls”映像
MONTSAME National News Agency in cooperation with the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery is presenting a series of Mongolian fine art masterpieces. This time, we are presenting the painting, ‘Botgon tsagaan uuls (Cloud like a white calf)’, by State Honored Cultural Figure M.Butemj.
Painted on canvas sized 145x180 cm by using oil paint in 1977, it depicts the traditional style of painting in Mongolian art. Having great majestic clouds that cover two-thirds of the painting, it is unique with its deep symbolism behind the depiction of a natural scenery. It is as if rain is about to fall in just a few moments from the heavy grey clouds, and a mother camel that separated from the herd, is seen slowly walking with her calf in the dunes.
Reminding Mongolian folk tale ‘Orphaned white calf’ folk tale, the painting illustrates the unique features of the traditional art style through the movement of the clouds and the layout of the painting. Mother nature is recovering thanks to the rain and the mother camel and calf that are wandering along the borderless sand dunes are looked like incarnations of deities. With the mother and baby that is separated in the tales, the painting depicts the special bond, love and affection between mother nature and human beings.
As it brought symbolism, characters of folk tales as well as the traditional and modern art styles all together in one canvas, the painting looks praising the glory of mother nature with its harmonious colors.
Butemj Mijid was born in Yuruu soum of Selenge province in 1942. His illustration of Mongolian banknotes in 1992 are the original design of banknotes being currently used.