Vintage Mughal Style Indian Miniature Painting
A beautiful gouache on paper Indian miniature painting of a romantic garden scene with several figures. A man sits in the center of the garden surrounded by meticulously rendered trees of bright green and golden foliage. The man is adorned with detailed jewelry which the artist has painted impeccably. The two pairs of ladies are dressed beautifully and await their lover. Perhaps offering a gift, or patiently waiting, two moments of this narrative are depicted in the same space of the page. In one moment they are on the balcony as if announcing the departure of the lover, and in the other they are greeting him. The palette of the painting is soft yet bold. The details are outstanding. This gouache painting was made with extremely fine paintbrushes. Sometimes, the miniature paintings would take months to complete, as it was such a long process to prepare and begin the piece by the mixing of colors. This is a remarkable painting that dates to the 1920s. It is reminiscent of Mughal style painting, which was generally confined to illustrations in books, as miniatures. Here we can see a golden decorative border around the scene, as if to define the boundaries of the page, common practice in illustrated manuscripts. Mughal paintings were a unique blend of Indian, Persian and Islamic styles. The main purpose of these works on paper was to serve as a visual record for an important ceremony, a courtship, a battle or other epic event. The painting measures 12 by 8 inches and it has been professionally and archivally mounted with a black matte and black frame to heighten the colors of the piece. With the frame the art work measures 17 x 14 inches.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 12 in | WIDTH: 8½ in
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