Paintings of a Different
Era - Do they Compete?
Folk Art Painting / Tribal Paintings, India Rajput Paintings or
Rajasthani Paintings, India Mughal Paintings, India Tanjore Paintings,
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Author: Seenu Nair am interested in creative writing.
I am post graduate in MA Communication. Email: [email protected]