Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Kalighat paintings

 With the festive season around, I had no time to breathe. Obviously my posts had to take a back seat  but I do have loads of upcoming posts to catch up. I am here today to share a montage of paintings from The Bengal School of Art  which is very close to my heart -The Kalighat Paintings.

 The Durga series 
In the nineteenth century, the only school of painting that was flourishing in Bengal was the traditional art of scroll paintings that was popular in the rural areas.These paintings were done on cloth or patas. They depicted conventional images of gods and goddesses and scenes from epics and mythologies.They steadily gained popularity as they were an agreeable and unique blend of two different styles of painting - the Orient and the Occidental.


 The Gentry  
A group of artists from the traditional  artisan communities called the patuas evolved a quick method of painting on mill made paper. Using brush and ink from the lampblack, these artists defined figures of deities, gentry and ordinary people with deft and vigorously flowing lines.
The Daily life.
 Kalighat paintings are now being adapted as wall art forms, in installations and in the decorations of puja pandals.
 Hope you are having fun at your end with festivities around. Will be back  with  lots to share.

Happy festivities ahead.


Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

How pretty! So vibrant and festive! Love the artwork on the wall and on the beautiful and intricate! Thanks for sharing with us! Hugs, Poppy

Ivy and Elephants said...

You always find the coolest art work to share with us and expand our horizons. Love it!

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