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Early abstraction in Indian art

Abstract art or non objective art is a painting or sculpture that does not depict a person, place, or any other figure. With abstract art, the subject of the work is what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale, or just the process.

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Prabhakar Kolte : Abstract Painter

Prabhakar Kolte was born in 1946 in Nerur Par, Maharashtra. He completed his diploma from the Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai in 1968. He also taught there from 1972 to 1994.

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G R Santosh : His early works

Santosh began his career painting landscapes at home in Kashmir before being spotted by S. H. Raza, who encouraged  him to study at the Maharaja Sayajirao University at Baroda under N. S. Bendre. He started painting figurative and abstract works before he completely switched to tantra inspired works in 1964. Not only was his art inspired by Tantra but so was his life; Santosh dedicated the rest of his life to study and practice Tantra.

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M V Dhurandhar : The female muse

Born in 1867 in Kolhapur, Dhurandhar was a master of watercolour. One of the most popular Indian artists, he was inspired to be an artist after his saw Raja Ravi Varma’s works of art. He studied at Sir JJ School of Art in Bombay and was an expert in western academic style of painting. Although, his subject matter was Indian in character, his works had the style of realism that western artists of that time had.

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Abanindranath Tagore : Asian Art

Abanindranath Tagore was known as the father of modernism in India. Inspired by nationalist leaders who were demanding independence from the British, many Indians were using local products instead of imported and expensive foreign products.

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Understanding Types of Prints

In simple terms, a print is created where ink is transferred from a block or plate on to a paper. Depending on the technique used, there are different outcomes and as a result, they have been further divided into categories. Each printing technique has its own distinctive style depending on tools and materials used.

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Chittaprosad : Linocut Prints

Born in 1915 in Bengal, Chittaprosad was a self taught artist and illustrator. He was educated in Chittagong, Bengal. He had no formal training as he refused to join the Government College of Art, Calcutta. He was also a member of the Communist party in India at the time and rejected the caste system. Chittaprosad rejected the the Bengal School as he considered it elitist. Chittaprosad joined grassroots movements to resist colonization as well as the oppression of landed gentry. 

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Tribal Caucasian Kazak Carpet


Caucasian carpets are highly influenced by rural designs. These carpets are made of materials from specific tribal provinces, usually displaying bold geometric patterns with primary colours. These carpets are specific to regions like Daghestan, Shirvan, Gendje, Kazakh and Quba.

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1st View of the City of Benaras

Born 1775, James Moffat was a British engraver in India. He arrived in Calcutta in 1789 and trained as an engraver there.

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The Twelve Caesars : Suetonius

De Vita Caesarum or the Twelve Caesars was originally written in 121 AD by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus.

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The Black Hole of Calcutta

The Scots Magazine is one of the only copies  of an 18th century publication that contains a first-person account of the imprisonment of the British in the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta in Fort William. 

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India’s Wildlife and Shikar Culture

India is a country that has had a rich history of hunting. With an abundance of animals and land, big game hunting was very popular and considered to be an elite sport.

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AN ACCOUNT OF EAST INDIA AFFAIRS

The London Chronicle, Vol II, No. 3346 from Tuesday, April 9 to Thursday, April 11, 1782 discusses the state of affairs in India as told by the East India Company at the House of Commons. 

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Henry Singleton's Art In India

Henry Singleton first rose to prominence as a contemporary history painter in a family that was known best for their miniature artworks. Born into an artistic family, Henry Singleton was raised by uncle William Singleton who painted portraits and miniatures. Although, he dabbled in miniatures as well, his well known works were portraits and historic paintings. 

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Rembrandt and his Mughal art

Rembrandt Harmnenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch artist who became well known for his artworks that demonstrated realism with the use of light and shadow. Anyone who is interested in art history would know that Rembrandt was a great artist. Not only did he became well known in the Dutch Golden Age but he continues to well respected all over the world today.

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Manu Parekh: Bhagalpur blinding

Manu Parekh was born in 1939 in Gujarat. Parekh completed a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1962. Parekh’s early work explored the relationships between man and nature, as he thought that it was an energetic link that had to be celebrated.

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Souza and Husain in the 1940s

Although the first exhibition of the Progressive Artists Group was held in 1949, the group formally came into existence on December 15, 1947.

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The Evolution of Photography in ...

The camera officially reached India in 1855. However, it was not until much later that it was picked up as a career or even an alternative kind of artform.

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Etchings : Somnath Hore’s Pictor...

Born in 1921 in Chittagong, undivided India, Somnath Hore studied at the Government Art College in Calcutta. His works represent the turbulent lives at the time of the Bengal Famine of 1943. His pictorial language in his sketches, sculptures and prints is a reaction to one of the major crises that hit Bengal in the 20th century.

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Maqbool Fida Husain Horses, nude

Maqbool Fida Husain was born in 1913 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. In 1948, he was invited by F N Souza to join the Progressive Artists' Group in Mumbai. When he took up painting as an art form, he blended folk, tribal and mythological art to create vibrantly contemporary, living art forms.

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Early abstraction in Indian art

Abstract art or non objective art is a painting or sculpture that does not depict a person, place, or any other figure. With abstract art, the subject of the work is what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale, or just the process.

Read More

Prabhakar Kolte : Abstract Painter

Prabhakar Kolte was born in 1946 in Nerur Par, Maharashtra. He completed his diploma from the Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai in 1968. He also taught there from 1972 to 1994.

Read More

G R Santosh : His early works

Santosh began his career painting landscapes at home in Kashmir before being spotted by S. H. Raza, who encouraged  him to study at the Maharaja Sayajirao University at Baroda under N. S. Bendre. He started painting figurative and abstract works before he completely switched to tantra inspired works in 1964. Not only was his art inspired by Tantra but so was his life; Santosh dedicated the rest of his life to study and practice Tantra.

Read More

M V Dhurandhar : The female muse

Born in 1867 in Kolhapur, Dhurandhar was a master of watercolour. One of the most popular Indian artists, he was inspired to be an artist after his saw Raja Ravi Varma’s works of art. He studied at Sir JJ School of Art in Bombay and was an expert in western academic style of painting. Although, his subject matter was Indian in character, his works had the style of realism that western artists of that time had.

Read More

Abanindranath Tagore : Asian Art

Abanindranath Tagore was known as the father of modernism in India. Inspired by nationalist leaders who were demanding independence from the British, many Indians were using local products instead of imported and expensive foreign products.

Read More

Understanding Types of Prints

In simple terms, a print is created where ink is transferred from a block or plate on to a paper. Depending on the technique used, there are different outcomes and as a result, they have been further divided into categories. Each printing technique has its own distinctive style depending on tools and materials used.

Read More

Chittaprosad : Linocut Prints

Born in 1915 in Bengal, Chittaprosad was a self taught artist and illustrator. He was educated in Chittagong, Bengal. He had no formal training as he refused to join the Government College of Art, Calcutta. He was also a member of the Communist party in India at the time and rejected the caste system. Chittaprosad rejected the the Bengal School as he considered it elitist. Chittaprosad joined grassroots movements to resist colonization as well as the oppression of landed gentry. 

Read More

Tribal Caucasian Kazak Carpet


Caucasian carpets are highly influenced by rural designs. These carpets are made of materials from specific tribal provinces, usually displaying bold geometric patterns with primary colours. These carpets are specific to regions like Daghestan, Shirvan, Gendje, Kazakh and Quba.

Read More

1st View of the City of Benaras

Born 1775, James Moffat was a British engraver in India. He arrived in Calcutta in 1789 and trained as an engraver there.

Read More

The Twelve Caesars : Suetonius

De Vita Caesarum or the Twelve Caesars was originally written in 121 AD by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus.

Read More

The Black Hole of Calcutta

The Scots Magazine is one of the only copies  of an 18th century publication that contains a first-person account of the imprisonment of the British in the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta in Fort William. 

Read More

India’s Wildlife and Shikar Culture

India is a country that has had a rich history of hunting. With an abundance of animals and land, big game hunting was very popular and considered to be an elite sport.

Read More

AN ACCOUNT OF EAST INDIA AFFAIRS

The London Chronicle, Vol II, No. 3346 from Tuesday, April 9 to Thursday, April 11, 1782 discusses the state of affairs in India as told by the East India Company at the House of Commons. 

Read More

Henry Singleton's Art In India

Henry Singleton first rose to prominence as a contemporary history painter in a family that was known best for their miniature artworks. Born into an artistic family, Henry Singleton was raised by uncle William Singleton who painted portraits and miniatures. Although, he dabbled in miniatures as well, his well known works were portraits and historic paintings. 

Read More

Rembrandt and his Mughal art

Rembrandt Harmnenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch artist who became well known for his artworks that demonstrated realism with the use of light and shadow. Anyone who is interested in art history would know that Rembrandt was a great artist. Not only did he became well known in the Dutch Golden Age but he continues to well respected all over the world today.

Read More

Manu Parekh: Bhagalpur blinding

Manu Parekh was born in 1939 in Gujarat. Parekh completed a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1962. Parekh’s early work explored the relationships between man and nature, as he thought that it was an energetic link that had to be celebrated.

Read More

Souza and Husain in the 1940s

Although the first exhibition of the Progressive Artists Group was held in 1949, the group formally came into existence on December 15, 1947.

Read More

The Evolution of Photography in ...

The camera officially reached India in 1855. However, it was not until much later that it was picked up as a career or even an alternative kind of artform.

Read More

Etchings : Somnath Hore’s Pictor...

Born in 1921 in Chittagong, undivided India, Somnath Hore studied at the Government Art College in Calcutta. His works represent the turbulent lives at the time of the Bengal Famine of 1943. His pictorial language in his sketches, sculptures and prints is a reaction to one of the major crises that hit Bengal in the 20th century.

Read More

Maqbool Fida Husain Horses, nude

Maqbool Fida Husain was born in 1913 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. In 1948, he was invited by F N Souza to join the Progressive Artists' Group in Mumbai. When he took up painting as an art form, he blended folk, tribal and mythological art to create vibrantly contemporary, living art forms.

Read More