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Socio-Economic Study of Company Paintings (CE 1757-1857)

by: T.N. Mishra

This book describes the social and economic condition of India as shown in the Company paintings during the British rule. It also sheds light on the techniques adopted by the artists in depicting the various themes in paintings.

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ISBN: 9788124605714
Year Of Publication: 2011
Edition: 1st
Pages : xv, 104
Bibliographic Details : 53 colour paintings; Appendix; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25
Weight: 600

Overview

The paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are recognised as a valuable source for the study of social and economic life during the colonial period. A deep study of the Company paintings of the time is significant because the paintings have carefully observed and recorded the Indian scene in all its aspects, particularly its history and society.
The book discusses the evolution of the Company School of Art, as a result of interactions between traditional Indian paintings and European paintings, and its spread to most of the art centres in India. In a thorough attempt, it deals with its thematic preoccupations and the common features of the paintings: their favourite subjects, especially their depiction of the professions, and the variety of common people they carefully depict. It examines the techniques adopted by the artists: their choice of mediums and colours and their style of depicting the themes. It also takes up the social status of the artists at the time.
The book will fascinate lovers of Indian art and will prove useful to scholars and students especially involved in study of evolution of Indian art and modern art.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgement
1. Evolution of Company School of Art
2. Techniques of Company Paintings
3. Centre and Theme of Company Painting
4. Artistes and Their Social Status
5. Social and Political Condition of the Country
6. Socio-Economic Condition of the Company
Appendix — List of Artists
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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T.N. Mishra, a scholar with varied specialised interests, is Assistant Curator, Bharat Kala Bhawan: the prestigious Museum of Art and Archaeology, at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. Awarded Ph.D., in 1978, by BHU, for his research study on ‘Ancient Indian Bricks’, he had also taught at two of this university’s affiliated colleges, before opting for a career in museology. Apart from about half-a-dozen books that include Company School of Painting in Varanasi (in Hindi), Westernization of Indian Art, and Impact of Tantra on Religion and Art, Dr. Mishra has published numerous articles in different journals on a range of themes from Indian art and archaeology.
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