6 most famous paintings of all time in India

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Has it ever happened that you got lost in the colours and confident brush strokes of a famous masterpiece? Did you find yourself in a utopia while admiring a brilliant artwork created by a professional painter? If yes then you are not alone. You are a part of the population of exclusive art admirers.

Understanding the emotions expressed by the colours used by a painter and admiring his thoughts is the best part of loving art and painting. We love to churn our memories and emotions triggered by artwork and discuss it with fellow admirers too. We also love to acquire some of these masterpieces to adorn our homes and make them more heavenly. Let us find out a few of the immortal and timeless masterpieces created by the best artists of India.

Famous paintings of professional painters of India

1.Horses – M F Hussain

The list should start with the famous MF Hussain painting that created a stir in the world of art. His expressions in that painting are remarkable as it captures the inner strength and power of horses perfectly. This prolific artist is a popular name in the world and has blessed us with his masterpieces to adorn.

This painting has been exhibited and demonstrated by many art admirers and critics across the world. It was displayed in an auction held at Christie’s (London 2008). His brilliance does reflect in this painting of horses.

2.Three Pujarinis – Jamini Roy

Jamini Roy, a Padma Bhusan (1954), is considered to be the pioneer of folk art in India. He is one of the greatest painters in India of all time. His pupils have even created remarkable impressions with their artwork across the world. One of his best creations is the Three Pujarinis.

This painting is all about three almond-eyes priestesses depicting the then culture and traditions of Bengal. He was way ahead of his time as his painting depicted priestesses when women were not allowed to conduct rituals in Bengal. His revolutionary ideas reflect all his creations and are admired to date.

His way of expressing folk art traditions in modern paintings is fascinating and admiring for painters across the world. He, in fact, introduced a new technique of painting figures with simple geometric lines and shapes that is easier to follow for enthusiasts. This theme can be witnessed in all the famous Jamini Roy paintings.

3.Figurative paintings – Thota Vaikuntam

Considered one of the prolific painters hailing from South India, Thota Vaikuntam is a revolutionary name in the 1980s. He was fascinated by the ways males used to impersonate female characters in theatre groups. As a child, he used to witness the magic spread by the actors of the moving theatres to play female roles. He took it as a way to express his artistic skills on canvas.

The famous Thota Vaikuntam painting theme is all about the culture and traditions followed back in the 80s. He captured the sensuality of the women of his village perfectly creating a thematic painting series of locals in his own style. This unique style quickly caught up in the art world. Even if his colouring schemes are simple enough, his impressions were loud and prominent.

4.Bindu – S H Raza

Another dazzling name in the world of Indian art and painting, Syed Haider Raza is the creator of the world-famous motif of the 1970s. His illustrious career took a new turn when he designed his famous painting called Bindu. In this painting, he emphasized Shunya or Bindu and showcased the focal point of energy.

If you look at the motif painting, it might seem very simple yet intricate. If you focus on the Shunya art created by this professional painter, you will understand how vibrant the choice of colours and concepts can be. His creations on this theme have changed the course of art and have admired many painters to follow their own ways of expressing emotions.

5.Bapuji – Nandalal Bose

Back in the days of the 1930s, India was suffering from utter political unrest. Almost everywhere, the Indians were witnessing uprisings against the colonial British Rule. Mahatma Gandhi was arrested for his movement against the British tax levied on salt. It was Nandalal Bose who created the iconic linocut painting of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.

This is a remarkable way of creating figure painting where only a monochromatic colour is used to just highlight the outlines to give the right shape to a character. It was Nandalal’s idea to create a painting of Bapuji with white and represent the power of non-violence. The white colour was chosen for the illustration of salt on black paper. Since then, Nandalal Bose became an inspiration for contemporary artists across the country. He was a disciple of Abanindranath Tagore.

6.Bharat Mata – Abanindranath Tagore

Abanindranath Tagore, the teacher of Jamini Roy and Nandalal Bose, was a great painter. It was his revolutionary painting of Mother India or Bharat Mata that created a huge stir during the independence movement. In this painting, he depicted Bharat Mata as a saadhvi clad in a saffron saree with four hands. She held a white cloth, a garland, a book and a cluster of paddy. All the contents of her hands depict something very important during the political unrest faced by India.

Painting and art were the weapons of Abanindranath Tagore to fight against the Colonial Rule in India. His painting was so inspiring that Sister Nivedita wanted to carry it pan India to encourage more people to join the movement. His painting become an icon of revolution and rebellion among the common people of India and inspired many to free our country from the British shackles.

These are the prominent and iconic creations that will always stand the test of time. These creations will always patronise master and amateur artists across the world as all of these art pieces carry hidden emotions and messages. Only admirers with good taste in such revolutionary artistic ideas can feel it.

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