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Paintings of a Different Era - Do they Compete?

Warli Paintings Folk Art Painting / Tribal Paintings, India Rajput Paintings or Rajasthani Paintings, India Mughal Paintings, India Tanjore Paintings, India

Paintings have been a passion of man since prehistoric times in India and the world. The heritage of Indian painting is very rich as it covers a wide range of themes, colors, techniques, artists and regions. The story of colors also is not less interesting as they have been prepared from a number of resources extending from different vegetation colors to innumerable minerals. Not only this but Indian paintings are drawn on a variety of materials too like cotton, silk, paper, canvas, cave walls, wooden flat surfaces and on many other places.

Indian Paintings

Indian Painting is an old tradition, with ancient texts outlining theories of color and anecdotal accounts suggesting that it was common for households to paint their doorways or indoor rooms where guests reside, when dates passed the styles and expression of paintings also began to change. They occupy their places in the name of contemporary arts and traditional arts. The collection of contemporary arts was produced since World War II. The contemporary art was first pictured with an abstract expressionism during the 1960s. Indian paintings have evolved over the years to become a fusion of various traditions which influenced them. The traditional art form of India consists mainly of Warli paintings, Thangka, Tanjore, Kalamkari, Pichwais etc.

Warli Paintings, India

Among the traditional arts the Warli painting is the most outstanding work ever discovered. This art form is simple in comparison to the vibrant paintings. The only color used in creating Warli paintings is white obtained from grounded rice into white powder. These paintings depict mythological characters or images of deities, social life. Images of human beings and animals, along with scenes from daily life are created in a loose rhythmic pattern in the painting. The themes are often repetitive and symbolic in nature. Many of the Warli paintings contain the auspicious image of the marriage God or 'Palghat' and a marriage 'Chowkatt' (a design made at the time of marriage). Warli, the fine Indian tribal Art has made its way to the world market and has obtained priced possessions in art galleries and private collectors all across the world.


Folk Art Painting / Tribal Paintings, India

Folk Art Paintings or Tribal paintings are the tradition of Indian tribals, as old as its trees and rivers and hills and humans. From time immemorial tribal people have expressed themselves through the medium of painting. Images have been sketched on pots and pans, on walls of village houses, on dried leaves and later on clothes and paper. Executed in almost all possible ways, painting has been an integral part of Indian civilization.

Evolving out of the cave paintings of prehistoric period, tribal Painting continues to be a living tradition. Contemporary society has unearthed this immense treasure of tribal paintings that was shrouded in anonymity and neglect. Warli paintings, Saura paintings and other forms of tribal art have internationally acclaimed possessions today. India's folk art paintings are India's pride, for they are the untouched specimens of an age old tradition.

Rajput Paintings or Rajasthani Paintings, India

Rajput Paintings or Rajasthani Paintings - style of Indian painting, evolved and flourished, during the 18th century, in the royal courts of Rajputana, India. Rajput paintings depict a number of themes, events of epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, Krishna’s life, beautiful landscapes, and humans. Miniatures were the preferred medium of Rajput painting, but several manuscripts also contain Rajput paintings, and paintings were even done on the walls of palaces, inner chambers of the forts, havelies, particularly, the havelis of Shekhawait.

Rajasthan where the Marble as a stone is immensely beautiful in itself are used in a number of artifacts to give them a natural and rugged look. These works on marble, which are done with immense perfection and beauty, encompass both traditional and contemporary styles. The paintings are brought to life on a smooth milky-white best quality marble. The artist successfully captures the magic on marble with the eloquence of his art. The equally complementing color schemes and the orchestration of the hues and shades make these paintings worth a hundred looks.

Mughal Paintings, India

Mughal paintings of India date back to the period between the 16th and 18th century, when the Mughals ruled a large part of the country. The most popular themes with the Mughal artists were portraits, court scenes, hunting events and depictions of battle. Most of the painting was in the form of miniatures, and book illustrations. Themes including musical parties; lovers, sometimes in intimate positions, on terraces and gardens; and ascetics gathered around a fire, abound in the Mughal paintings of this period.

Tanjore Paintings, India

Tamil Nadu is known for its traditional ornate paintings, known as Tanjore paintings. This art originated in the 16th century, under royal patronage. Tanjore paintings of the Thanjavoor pictures are one of the most expensive and elaborate crafts of traditional India. These pictures decorate the Pooja rooms, the living rooms and hotel lobbies. These paintings carry an aura of richness and auspice. The craftsmen of Tanjore try to bring to life the mythological characters, Gods and Goddesses with their art and expertise. They are renowned worldwide for their beauty and make place in the international handicraft business. The style originated in Tanjore near Chennai in India. Tanjore Paintings are known for their surface richness, vivid colours and compact composition Tanjore paintings are in fact panel paintings (done on solid wood planks ) and hence were also referred to as 'palagai padam'( palagai - wooden plank ; padam- picture) in local parlance. In modern times, these paintings have become a much sought after as souvenir during festive occasion.

Paintings, evolved as a tool for communication has changed its genre through out the centauries from traditional to contemporaries and to abstract or realistic paintings giving human a different wave length of thought and romantic expressions. The symbolic expressions of paintings in the eras have brought out the fruits and nuts of the societies, hence imaging the various feels of the painters. Leaving all these traditional art forms behind, the years of Van Gouge, the action paintings of jacson Pollock, the revolutionary canvas of Frida Carlyo are giving us the various modern approaches of paintings.

Contributing Author: Seenu Nair am interested in creative writing. I am post graduate in MA Communication. Email: [email protected]





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