Theme: Traditional and Folk Paintings of India. Rajasthan Style of Paintings.
The Phad painting is popular style of folk painting. The painting under this style is done on a long piece of cloth. This is one of the painting styles practiced in northern
What is Phad Painting
The Art: Phad is a type of scroll painting. Artists paint these paintings on a long cloth, the piece of cloth being of generally two types in lengths, either of fifteen feet of thirty feet long. They used bright and subtle colors, mainly extracted from the vegetables and the materials locally available. The modus operandi of executing the phad painting is also unique. First they draw outlines of the paintings drawn in several blocks. Then these blocks are filled with different colors.
What is Kangra, Pahadi Painting
Raja Sansar Chand of the small
It is believed that a team of Kashmiri painters, trained in Mughal Miniature painting needed shelter. It was the time of first half of 18 th century when the Mughal dynasty was declining, losing its importance as main supporter of the art of painting. The team of Kashmiri artists got due support and shelter at ‘Guler’, a small hilly state in the Himalayan region.
The paintings done under the style and nomenclature of Kangra paintings are in fact one of the school of paintings under the schools of miniature paintings known as Pahari style of painting prevalent in northern
The painting shown here is of Maharaj Sansar Chand. He was king of a state that was situated in lower Himalayans. The
Subjects of Kangra Paintings : Like PHAD PAINTING, RAJASTHAN PAINTINGS, and MUGHAL MINIATURES, the painters working under the Kangra School of paintings chose traditional subjects. One was the depiction of local environment, that was Shringar for these artists. The word Shringar refers to the tastes for beauty, and sometimes the tastes for eroticism, among the viewers. So these painters have marvellously depicted the beauty of Indian men and women and their costumes in their miniature paintings.
The second main pool of the subjects for Kangra paintings, like Tanjore painting, came form the religious and literary books of Indian mythology and the popular literature. The depiction of the scenes described in these books became the popular there for the Kangra miniature artists. These scenes included the scenes of worship and love between Krishna and Gopis, the young girls who were in love with
The depictions from the book Geet Govindam, a book of poems written by poet Jaidev were also occupied the most of the time of the Kangra miniature painters. [Images courtesy By Indischer Maler von 1662 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Wikemedia Commons and See page for author [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]
Deccan Miniature painting school was operative in southern part of India in medieval period and later years. Miniature Paintings style had evolved in Northern part of
Materials Used in
The artists who practiced this style lived in the cities of Ahmadnagar, Bijapur,
Style of Painting
For conveying reality that was beyond specific vantage point, the Mughal miniature artists had employed concept of multiple perspectives. The artists of
If we observe their work with artistic eyes, we can see that the
It was not that the
The male figures painted by these artists were charming and their complexions were fair. They looked emotionally charged. The females painted were more sensual than the women painted in mughal miniatures. These artists had also injected the elements of restraint and reality, which they had borrowed from contemporary European artists. (Image courtesy By Unknown. From The Rose-Garden of Love, made in Hyderabad between 1741 and 1743. Deccan School, India. Now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)