If you love art, then you know the pleasure that comes with discovering a beautiful painting that you never saw before. Admiring the brushstrokes, colour palettes, and themes used by the artist is an amazing way to spend the day for art-lovers. If you an art lover, then here are 10 most famous art and artists of all times.
In India, we are taught about famous paintings in the world from a very early age. However, this learning is usually restricted to western artists and masterpieces. The truth is that India has also seen the rise of brilliant artists and is home to some fantastic masterpieces.
These 5 paintings are iconic in Indian art history. If you do not know about them, they remember it is never too late to learn. On the other hand, if you do, then you will love looking at them again.
1. Self Portrait – Amrita Sher-Gil
Amrita Sher-Gil is one of the most important modern artists in India. She painted this self-portrait in 1931 when she was just 18 years of age.
The Self Portrait has historic value because it was the first painting of Sher-Gil’s to be offered in Christie’s London. In fact, this painting is among the eight canvases of hers that have been auctioned globally.
You will find that Amrita Sher-Gil’s self-portraits are detailed and meticulous. They are so intense that you would be captivated for hours.
2. Shakuntala – Raja Ravi Verma
If you know your Indian mythology well, then you must have heard of Shakuntala. This epic painting of the same name by Raja Ravi Varma is a classic whose value has remained the same over the years.
In the painting, Shakuntala is pretending to remove the thorn that has prickled her foot when in fact searching for Dushyantha. Her friends understand the truth nevertheless. The posture and gestures of Shakuntala are beautifully pictured, and the painting has the power to take the viewer on a journey into the world of the Mahabharata.
3. Mahishasura – Tyeb Mehta
Tyeb Mehta is undoubtedly one of India’s finest contemporary artists. The tale of Mahishasura is very popular, and even someone who does not know Hindu mythology well is likely to know that name. In the painting, Mehta presents his own interpretation of the demon in this painting of the same name. It was the first Indian painting which managed to exceed the million dollar mark. In 2005, it garnered $1.584 million at Christie’s.
Tyeb’s was inspired by the tale of Mahishasura after paying a visit to Shantiniketan. With powerful ancient imagery and an inherent artistic simplicity, this painting is like a breath of fresh air.
4. Three Pujarins – Jamini Roy
If you live in Bengal, then you must have come across this iconic painting before. Jamini Roy was an eminent Bengali artist who embraced modernism and was one of the pioneers of twentieth-century Indian art.
This particular painting depicts three almond-eyed priestesses, and hence the name, Three Pujarins. The influence of traditional folk art is clear if you observe the painting closely. Roy played with a bright color palette to create this masterpiece, and even today people are awed by its brilliance.
5. Krishna (Spring in Kullu) – Nicholas Roerich
If you have heard of the famous Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich then you also know about his story of moving to Kullu and making it his permanent home after travelling the world for a long period of time. Although the painting is on permanent display at Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, Krishna (Spring in Kullu) is an incredibly famous Indian artwork. It depicts Krishna sitting under a tree in blossom while playing his flute. The backdrop of snow-covered peaks in no doubt inspired Himachal.