ISBN 9788189995669,Kalighat Paintings

Kalighat Paintings

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Mapin Publishing

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ISBN 9788189995669
Publisher

Mapin Publishing

Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13

ISBN 9788189995669

ISBN-10 8189995669
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 112 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Painting

Kalighat painting evolved as a unique painting style in the rapidly urbanizing cityscape of nineteenth-century Kolkata. Reflecting a new language, in which old and new techniques came together, these paintings recorded the changes in lifestyles, values, and a new visual vocabulary brought forth by lithographic presses and studio photography.

The artists who developed the now famous Kalighat painting style were traditional scroll painters (patuas) who migrated from rural Bengal and settled in the vicinity of the Kalighat temple in Kolkata. In catering to the transient, urban populace, these artists let go of their linear narrative styles and adopted single pictures with one or two figures. The traditionally inherited techniques and iconography were blended with the use of watercolours and Western academic shading, to portray frames of a changing society.

This volume accompanies the touring exhibition 'Kalighat Paintings' organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in collaboration with the Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, in late 2011.

The V&A holds the single largest collection of Kalighat paintings in the world, and this is the first exhibition to show the V&A's collection in India combining with the collection from the VMH, Kolkata, the works are exhibited alongside contemporary Kalighat paintings from today's practising artists.

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