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Rajasthani Painting: Its Study and Scope Court Painting in Rajasthan, edited by Andrew Topsfield,

Title:Rajasthani Painting: Its Study and Scope Court Painting in Rajasthan, edited by Andrew Topsfield,
Author:Topsfield, Andrew
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 51-3, p. 1-11
Abstract:This introduction to the book surveys the scholarly study of Rajasthani painting from 1950 onwards, and concludes that much work still needs to be done. The articles in the book, which present selected topics of recent research on the major Rajasthani schools and also some minor court (thikana) schools, are briefly introduced. A discussion follows of the distinctive pictorial characteristics and wide-ranging scope of Rajasthani painting, from the 16th century early Rajput style to the period of decline in the late 19th century as a result of competition from Western art and photography. The productions of Rajasthani artists over the centuries are seen to have occupied a wide stylistic continuum, ranging from the bold colouring and expressive linear rhythms of indigenous folk painting to the more naturalistic observation and technical finesse acquired from contacts with the imperial Mughal school. Selected paintings from several major court and thikana schools are discussed from this point of view.

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