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
Born in 1915 in Bengal, Chittoprasad 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. Chittoprasad joined grassroots movements to resist colonization as well as the oppression of landed gentry.Read More
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.
Born 1775, James Moffat was a British engraver in India. He arrived in Calcutta in 1789 and trained as an engraver there.Read More
De Vita Caesarum or the Twelve Caesars was originally written in 121 AD by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus.Read More
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 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
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 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 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 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
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 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
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
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
Born in 1937 in Aligarh, India, Zarina Hashmi studied Mathematics before she tried her hand at printmaking when she visited Rajasthan in the 1960s. Hashmi went on to study intaglio in Paris and woodblock printing Tokyo. Her works are known for her use of lines on handmade paper and are often used to depict political borders and memories of violence from the partition. Her interest in mathematics and architecture can be seen in her understanding of structures. Works in intaglio, woodblock, lithography, and silkscreen seem to explore themes of displacement, home, and borders.Read More
Ram Kumar was an essential part of the first generation of post-colonial Indian artists. He was born in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh in 1924 and was a member of the Bombay Progressive Artists Group along with other popular artists like Husain, Raza, and Sadanand Bakre.
Sudhir Patwardhan is born in 1949 in Pune, Maharashtra and is a self-taught artist and a practicing radiologist. He began painting in the 1970s when he moved to Bombay. Patwardhan’s artwork revolves around the panorama of an urban and natural environment The everyday human figure is often a common subject matter of Patwardhan's works.
Born in 1958 in Calcutta, Sanjay Bhattacharya was the youngest of four children. After finishing school, he decided to join the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Calcutta in 1977. When he graduated, he freelanced for work while experimenting with watercolors and put up his first art exhibition. Bhattacharya’s works show exquisite detail and form as well as play with light and shade creating a sense of realism.Read More
Paresh Maity was born in Tamluk, West Bengal in 1965. He studied at the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata and graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from the Delhi College of Arts. Maity’s preferred medium is watercolor and has made numerous watercolor works. His landscape works show colors that are vibrant and provide an example of his fine execution and vision.Read More