Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mughal Miniatures

In New York to deliver Dinner in Ithaca and two other paintings.

Dinner in Ithaca
25" x 30"     oil on linen      2011

While there, I saw an extensive exhibition of Indian miniatures at the Metropolitan Museum:      
Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India 1100 - 1900.     (until 8 January 2012)

I've always admired many of these artists ... especially when their compositions are beautifully abstracted and the colors are vibrant yet subtle, and all is held together with a graceful and delicate line. In reviews and commentary about my work, the Renaissance and Expressionism are very often mentioned as significant influences ... but somehow the influence of Persian and Mughal miniatures has rarely been mentioned ... just once I think. 

L: Gopis Pleading with Krishna to Return Their Clothes
    ca. 14" x 9"   ca. 1635 - 1650
    Early Master at the Court of Mandi
R: Krishna and Radha Enjoy a Winter's Evening
    ca. 11" x 8"   ca. 1780
    Court of Guler

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