Author: Mukandi Lal
Publisher: Publications Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
A fascinating and admirable book with 31 color plates and 47 Black and White Paintings and Sketches, demonstrating the beauty, importance and history of the Garhwal School.
This work is the result of life-long research and is valuable contribution to the subject. The author studied many manuscripts and paintings which were preserved by the descendants of some artists to produce this monograph which is a valuable contribution to the literature on Pahari paintings.
The term Pahari encompasses the entire submontane region from Jammu to Garhwal. Described as a reaction to;, assimilation, improvement and culmination of Mughal art, the Garhwal School of Painting emerged from the mutation process the richer by developing decorative detail. Though now extinct, the School earned a distinctiveness of style through the work of masters like Mola Ram.
Like the Mughal, the Rajasthani and the Kangra Schools, the Garhwal School, too, has its own peculiar characteristics. The author gives the historical background, motifs and themes of this school of paintings, and has written notes on individual color plates.
The Pahari miniature paintings were first discovered by Moorcroft in 1820 in Kangra. The beauty and importance of Pahari paintings were brought to the notice of all the lovers of Indian art by Dr. Ananada Coomaraswamy in his famous book Rajput Painting in 1916.