Indian art is both cultural and religious, and it has been around since at least 3500 BC. The country’s distinct culture has a big impact on the works of art, whether they are drawings, sculptures, books, or musical compositions. This blog, you’ll take you on a journey of Indian art’s evolution while highlighting some of its most Indian influential artists and how they contributed to the global recognition of Indian art.

Amrita Sher-Gill 

She is the female pioneer of art. One of the country’s most renowned women in modern art. Realism heavily influenced Sher-Gil, and aimed to depict the lives of individuals in her local town. Self-portraits are among her best-known works; other examples include Siesta, Ladies Enclosure, and three Ladies. She is one of the most renowned Asian painters to have won honours and prizes in the European art scene. 

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Amrita Sher-Gil’s legacy still lives on In 1978, India Post issued a stamp using her picture “Hill Women.” In Lutyen’s Delhi, a street called Amrita Shergil Marg bears the artist’s name. She inspired the naming of the Indian cultural centre in Budapest on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her birth, UNESCO named 2013 the International Year of Amrita Sher-Gil.

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M.F.Hussain

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Maqbool Fida Hussain, who is practically a household name, started his painting career by adorning billboards in Mumbai. He is one of the most well-known painters, and his works are displayed all over the world. A wide range of subjects inspires powerful and vibrant paintings. occasionally referred to as the “Picasso of India, Husain is still considered a significant figure in the art world and is .” In addition, Hussain received the Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan for his contributions.

Shri Raja Ravi Varma

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Raja Ravi Varma is largely regarded as the creator of contemporary Indian painting and is well known for his lifelike depictions of Indian gods and goddesses. Despite painting largely for the royal family, he is credited with making art more accessible with his prints and oleographs. The  Government of Kerala annually bestows the Raja Ravi Varma Puraskaram (award) upon a recipient who demonstrates excellence in the fields of art and culture the award is named after him to honour his legacy and to keep it going!

Abanindranath Tagore

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One of the pioneers of Indian painting, Abanindranath Tagore, used his creations to depict the time’s political environment. He was conscious of the influence of paintings on political and social situations, whether it was the Swadeshi movement or other elements of the liberation struggle. He formed the Bengal School of Art and concentrated on Rajput and Mughal ancient art forms rather than western art. Bharat Mata, often known as Mother India, is one of his most well-known pieces and is rife with nationalistic fervour. 

Nandala Bose

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Nandalal Bose India’s most known modern artist was born there in 1882. Along with other artists, he made an effort to minimize incorporating western creative influences. His paintings focused on rustic  India, religion, and femininity and took inspiration from Ajanta cave paintings. Nanadalal Bose designed the Bharat Ratna and other government honours’ emblems. He also embellished the Indian Constitution’s original draught. 

The greatest Indian influential artists have made a significant impact on the growth of Indian painting and the arts. Their works have received acclaim on a global scale. For live art workshops and expertly curated art courses, Rooftop Is your saviour India’s top online learning resource providing handpicked workshops that aid in spanning the gap between art enthusiasts and creators, making art approachable and accessible to all those who seek it.

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