Top 10 Paintings we should know more about as Indians

Updated: Feb 4



There are so many well-known paintings in the world, artists that are world-famous, who become an inspiration for millions. But amongst all of them, have we forgotten our own culture? Have we, as Indians, forgotten the great artists of our country?

Well, if we have, then now is the time to remember them and give them the tribute they deserve.





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BHARAT MATA BY RABINDRANATH TAGORE


Created during the colonial period when India was under the rule of the British, Abanindranath Tagore created this masterpiece to surge pride in all of the hearts that beat for the country, to awaken the patriotism deep down in the souls of all Indians.

Abanindranath Tagore was also the founder of the Bengal School of Art. He portrayed Bharat Mata as a calm, peaceful lady dressed in saffron, with a book, white cloth, garland, and paddy plant in her four hands.





BAPUJI BY NANDLAL BOSE


Nandlal Bose belonged to Shantiniketan and created the art piece by the name Bapuji during the colonial period too. He portrayed the figure of Mahatma Gandhi. He is painted depicting him in the moment of his famous Dandi March, done to break the salt law and lay the first mark of independence. The painting has an inscription under it that holds the words " Bapuji, 1930, Dandi March ".





SELF PORTRAIT BY RABINDRANATH TAGORE


The bard of Bengal and the Pride of India, Rabindranath Tagore brought a revolution and rose a storm only by the intense power of his words and his art. He also had a keen interest in art and started painting in 1924. He created his self-portraits with fine, fast, and certain strokes of pencils, making them a masterpiece.





GLOW OF HOPE BY SL HALDANKAR


Salaam Haldankar was a very famous Indian painter who is extremely popular for his painting called the Glow Of Hope. The portrait was of his own daughter, who used to light a lamp every night. The beauty of the portrait comes out on looking at it for a while, letting the stillness and calm of the moment sink in.






HORSES BY MAQBOOL FIDA HUSSAIN


The famous painting made by well-known artist Maqbool Fida Hussain depicts horses running freely. It is painted using bold strokes and shapes. It represents the free spirit, freedom, and happiness combining in solidarity of life.





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TAMIL GIRL WITH HER PARROTS BY SELAYARAJA


The artist is famous for hyper-realistic paintings. The most famous of his creations is the one that depicts a girl in the traditional dress of Tamil Nadu with a golden border, sitting by the wall with her parrots. The painting is famous for its realistic effect, and the warmth and simplicity it reflects about the culture of India.





TAMIL GIRL WITH HER PARROTS BY SELAYARAJA


Amrita Shergill was one of the most famous modern artists in India. She painted her own portraits with minute and astounding details, making it one of the most famous paintings of the time. The painting was made in the year 1931.


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THREE PUJARINS BY JAMINI ROY


Jamini Roy was a Bengali artist who made the ever-famous painting called the Three Pujarins. It represents the traditional folk art of Bengal showing three women dressed in the attires worn for the worship and cultural prayers.



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SHAKUNTALA BY RAJA RAVI VERMA


Painted by the famous artist, it represents the character of the tale of Mahabharata, Shakuntala, who is shown as if she is removing a thorn from her foot when actually she is waiting for her husband and liver Dushyanta.






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BINDU BY SH RAZA


Painted by the famous Syed Haider Raza, this painting is also called 'shunya' , meaning zero or nothing. According to the artist, it represents the prime source of life, the major, main and only source of energy. It works on the theory of everything originating and ending into nothing, shunya or nothingness, void.






These were some lesser-known paintings, that we as Indians should know, and now we do!



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