Bringing home M F Hussain, Amrita Shergil, Raja Ravi Verma, F N Sauza and Abanindranath Tagore

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Amrita Sher-Gil’s most acclaimed painting, Village Scene

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There are very few things as exciting as moving into a new house. And who doesn’t love the smell of freshly painted walls that magically makes you feel good? But there are a lot of things you need to know and keep in mind while giving your house that fresh look. We bring to you the must-know paintings by great Indian painters to decorate the house walls that will keep you on the top of the game!

M.F. Hussain
The name Maqbool Fida Husain has become almost synonymous with contemporary Indian art. His endless quest for his cultural roots and a fearlessly open-minded willingness to absorb diverse influences has made M.F. Husain one of the most recognizable figures of contemporary Indian art.

Often referred to as the ‘Picasso of India’, M.F. Husain is the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century. Husain was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim and a founding member of ‘The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay’(PAG).

Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. His acclaimed narrative paintings, executed in a modified Cubist style, can be caustic and funny as well as serious and sombre. His themes—sometimes treated in series—include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the British raj along with the blend of motifs of Indian urban and rural life. Early in his painting career and until his death, he enjoyed depicting the lively and free spirit of horses in many of his works.

Two of his most famous paintings are Between the Spider & the Lamp and Sprinkling Horses.

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In Between the Spider and the Lamp we encounter the characters of Hussain’s dream world. They enact an episode or a situation which we recall as something we experienced but long, long ago and far away, as it were, in our dreams or as bits of poetry separated from their contexts combining to form a new whole.

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The subject of Sprinkling Horses– a dynamic depiction of horses paired with a human figure – is one of the hallmarks of Mr. Husain’s art. Inspired by Muslim Shiite iconography – Imam Husain is typically shown on a horse – the artist’s earliest depictions of the animal date back to the 1950s.

All you need to do is log on to the website http://www.mojarto.com to buy his most valued paintings. His paintings range for Rs 44,100 to Rs 58, 39,500.

Amrita Sher-Gil

Amrita Sher-Gil was an eminent Indian painter born to a Punjabi Sikh father and a Hungarian Jewish mother, sometimes known as India’s Frida Kahlo and today considered an important woman painter of 20th century India, whose legacy stands on a par with that of the masters of Bengal Renaissance, she is also the ‘most expensive’ woman painter of India. She was one of the pioneers of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement in India. She was visionary and was way ahead of her time. Her affairs with men and women were quite well known, with her using some of them as models for her work. In fact, her work Two Women is considered to be a painting of herself with her lover Marie Louise.

Self Portrait depicts a beautiful female figure whose face is a poignant reminder of the passing of youthful days.

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Group of Three Girls depicts three veiled women from village who are in a pensive mood. This painting might also imply social constraints on women.

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The original prices of Sher-Gils paintings range in crores. If you wish to embellish the walls of your house then don’t worry as you can get the pirated paintings of Sher-Gil in http://www.shopclues.com, it will not cost you more than just Rs 200.

Raja Ravi Varma Koil Thampuran

Raja Ravi Varma was a celebrated Indian painter and artist. He is the greatest painters in the history of Indian art for a number of aesthetic and broader social reasons. Firstly, his works are held to be among the best examples of the fusion of European techniques with a purely Indian sensibility. Crusading the tradition and aesthetics of Indian art, his paintings employed the latest European academic art techniques of the day. Secondly, he was notable for making affordable lithographs (the art or process of producing a picture, writing, or the like, on a flat, specially prepared stone, with some greasy or oily substance, and of taking ink impressions from this as in ordinary printing) of his paintings available to the public, which greatly enhanced his reach and influence as a painter and soon became a public figure. Indeed, his lithographs increased the involvement of masses with fine arts and defined artistic tastes for several decades. In particular, his depictions of Hindu deities and episodes from the epics and Puranas have received profound acceptance from the public and are found, often as objects of worship, across India.

Damayanti from Mahabharata is a painting inspired from Hindu mythology. A woman in a royal household is completely awe-struck by the beauty of the swan.

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Woman holding a fan is a painting rich is colours brings out the expressions of the woman who is bejewelled and draped in exquisite saree.

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The original price of Varma’s paintings is sky high. You can get his paintings from Amazon and shopclues.com in nominal price.

Francis Newton Souza

Commonly referred to as F. N. Souza, was an Indian artist. He was a founding member of the Progressive Artists’ Group of Bombay and was the first post-independence Indian artist to achieve high recognition in the West. Souza’s style exhibited both low-life and high energy. Famous works are Last Supper and Still- life with Sewing Machine. Francis Newton Souza was an Indian artist known for his Expressionistic paintings depicting people and landscapes. His work features similar coloristic and graphic traits to the paintings of Paul Klee and other German Expressionists.

Still- life with Sewing Machine is an expressionistic depiction of a regular swing machine, blend of colours makes this a masterpiece.

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Last Supper is the retelling of the iconic last supper of Jesus Christ.

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Souza’s paintings will be auctioned at http://www.saffronart.com. His paintings may cost you anywhere close to 2 to 3 lakhs.

Abanindranath Tagore

He was the principal artist and creator of ‘Indian Society of Oriental Art’. He was also the first major exponent of Swadeshi values in Indian art, thereby founding the influential Bengal school of art, which led to the development of modern Indian painting. He was also a noted writer, particularly for children. Popularly known as ‘Aban Thakur’, his books Rajkahini, Budo Angla, Nalak, and Khirer Putul are landmarks in Bengali language children’s literature.

Tagore modernised Mughal and Rajput styles to counter the influence of Western models of art, as taught in Art Schools under the British Raj and developed the Indian style of painting, later known as Bengal school of art. Such was the success of Tagore’s work that it was eventually accepted and promoted as a national Indian style within British art institutions under the epithet of Indian Society of Oriental Art.

The most famous image of Bharat Mata which we have seen innumerable times in our history books.

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The Passing of Shah Jahan , this painting successfully captures the minutest details and craftsmanship of Mughal architecture.

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