The Frenetic and Bold Style from the Kingdom of Mewar

Maharana Bhim Singh, India, Mewar, c. 19th century, gouache and gold on paper, 11 1/2 x 9 7/8 in. (29.2 x 25.1 cm.)

Leaf from a Panchakhyana Series, India, Mewar, c. 18th century, gouache and gold on paper, 13 x 10 3/8 in. (33 x 26.5 cm.)

Illustration to Book Two of the Tulsi Ramayana: Rama and Lakshmana Studying at a Hermitage, India, Mewar, c. 1700-1710, gouache and gold on paper, 10 1/4 x 15 7/8 in. (26 x 40.3 cm.)

A Maharana Aims an Arrow at a Leaping Tiger, India, Mewar, c. 1750, gouache and gold on paper, 8 1/4 x 12 7/8 in. (21 x 32.7 cm.)

The Frenetic and Bold Style from the Kingdom of Mewar

August 15 - September 4 (by appointment only Friday-Sunday)

34 East 67th Street, Floor 3 New York, NY, 10065

The kingdom of Mewar has a long and complicated history with origins rooted in myth, combining legend and fact into an amalgam of information that obscures both. Once a strong independent nation, they eventually submitted to Mughal rule by 1615, later falling under British domain when Maharana Bhim Singh entered into a treaty with them in 1810. Throughout constant social and political fluctuation, Mewari artists solidified themselves as the greatest painters in Rajasthan, formulating a distinct style that included simultaneous narrative, vibrant reds and yellows, and bold lines contrasting figures within each scene. This exhibition presents a variety of Mewari paintings ranging from the 17th to 19th centuries, highlighting the skill and creativity the region’s ateliers were endowed with.

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