The appropriation of folk idioms manifested in various ways. There was a phase in which he adopted the calligraphic brush lines of Kalighat patuas to create sophisticated forms. The austerity of lines only serves to highlight Roy’s superb control over brush. The lines drown lyrically and sometimes even sensuously with lampblack over white or pale grey background show not only vigour, but also the poetry latent in the human form. The paintings Baul and Woman Seated are excellent examples of this style.
Roy brought the sensibilities of a formerly educated artist to his appropriation of folk idiom. He cannot escape sophistication in his figuration. Moreover, the monumentality that he often brings to his figuration recalls the quality of classical sculptures.
Source: National Gallery of Modern Art