Author: M S Randhawa
Publisher: Publications Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123000502
This important book with 28 color plates and 89 monochromes brings together for the first time a significant series of paintings on the theme of love.
A special characteristic of Indian art has been the fusion of the material and the spiritual in all artistic endeavor. The Kangra paintings on love, represented in this volume, are true to this basic tradition of India. They deal with love in all its fullness and yet there I always in the background a sense of unrevealed spiritual truths. The portraits are of full-blooded men and women who delight in passionate love, but there is always a glimpse of the unearthly, even in the midst of their physical ecstasy.
These paintings, expressed in lyrical lines and charming colors, are remarkable for their romantic beauty, restraint and tenderness. The landscape, the countryside, the rivers, the trees and flowers, the birds and cattle - all delineated with poetic sympathy - enhance their compositional quality.