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.
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.
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