Converting one’s imaginations into a visual experience that others can also enjoy is a God’s gift. Ability to paint is one such gift that God has given to a selected few. These painters can turn anything they imagine or see into beautiful brush strokes on the canvas. India has been a birth land for some of those God’s selected few and they stand tall in the world arena too.
Here are the famous painting prodigies from India
Raja Ravi Varma – If you make a visit to the history of Indian painting, Raja Ravi Varma is one name that nobody can leave out. If there is one man who took Indian painting art to the world stage, it is Raja Ravi Varma. He was a master in water painting and oil painting. Most of his characters and scenarios for painting were derived from the epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. The Vienna art exhibition of 1873, where he won the first prize, made Ravi Varma a name to reckon with among the western art world. Today, his paintings are considered almost priceless and every household has at least a reproduction of some of his famous paintings.
M.F.Hussain – It has to be true if you feel M.F.Hussain’s art spoke more than his words. God showed no miserliness in gifting this man with golden arms of art. M.F.Hussain, as most other Indian painting artists, found his inspiration for painting from sources like Indian epics and also from people like Gandhiji, Mother Teresa etc. The paintings which were mostly based on Cubist style attracted many people and even silenced his critics. His paintings like ‘Battle of Ganga and Jamuna: Mahabharata 12’ won him many recognitions and more money. Like his paintings, he also had a close relationship with controversies. However, the paintings and art he created overhauled all of them.
Amrita Sher-Gil – You might have heard a lot of Frida Kahlo. But, have you heard about India’s Frida Kahlo? Yes, we are talking about Amrita Sher-Gil. She was a young artist who died at a very young age, but not before awing us all with her incredible artwork. She was among the very few to be elected as Associate of the Grand Salon in Paris and the only Asian. She rooted for simplicity in her paintings and it remained so in all of her paintings. The paintings mostly projected her never-ending love for the country and also the life people were leading at the time of British rule. She is also known as the ’most expensive women painter in India’ and one of her paintings ‘Village Scene’ was sold for almost 7crore.
Abanindranath Tagore – The founder of Bengal School of Art and the creator of Indian Society of Oriental Art, words are not enough to describe the immense contribution this man made to Indian art. He was not comfortable in following the western art and he had a strong feeling of creating an Indian style of art that is rooted mostly on Indian tradition and spiritual values. His famous works included the famous Arabian Night’s series and this series fetched him a lot of fame and recognition. Most of his students also went on to become pioneers of Indian art and took the Bengal School of art to the next level.
Tyeb Mehta – Tyeb Mehta is someone who made excellence a habit whenever he laid his hands of a canvas. Through his paintings, he raised questions regarding different conditions of human life. One of his most noted work, ‘Celebration’, was sold for 1.5crore and this was the biggest sum of money that an Indian painting got at that time. This gave a much needed inspiration for the Indian art community and there was a boom in the Indian art world. Over six decade of his work is today considered as one of the greatest contribution to modern Indian art.
S.H.Raza – S.H.Raza is India’s most pricey modern artist as one of his works, ‘Saurashtra’, was sold for nearly crore during an auction recently. When he started painting, he was more inclined towards painting landscapes. However, his interests shifted to abstracts in later years. He used rich colours in his paintings with Indian cosmology playing a vital role in the paintings.
Nandalal Bose – Nandalal Bose is known to be the first painter who gave India a glimpse of how Indian modern art looks like. He made a huge contribution to modern Indian art and most of his works were rooted on Indian mythologies and villages. Nandalal Bose was a disciple of Abanindranath Tagore, who had a great influence on him and his works. He also sketched the emblems for the awards of highest order by Government of India like Bharat Ratna and Padma awards. His paintings are like treasures for modern art lovers all over the country.
Manjit Bawa – Manjit Bawa, another famous painting artist India has seen in recent years. He always portrayed on the canvas what his heart said and he never worked on demand. He waited for wonders to happen and yes, the waiting paid off wonderfully. Every time his brush touched the canvas, a beautiful poetry with colors was written. Like most Indian painters, Manjit Bawa also found inspiration from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. The loud and bright colors on the canvas made him different from other painters.
The names mentioned here are only some of the genius artists India has produced. Today’s artists like Arpita Singh, Hema Upadhyay, Jehangir Sabavala etc are keeping the hopes of Indian art alive and taking it to the next level. You can expect many more such talents from the land of Gods in coming years.