Painting in India

The first artistic reports and paintings appeared in India already during the Indus culture; indeed, here the first art forms were still rather primitive and limited mainly to paintings on ceramics. Bigger picturesque pieces of art find themselves only in the time of the Gupta; above all the cave paintings of Ajanta are worth mentioning here.

Only in the Middle Ages with the appearance of Islamic art the painting as an art form became the Persian important. In this style also originated the traditional Indian painting with her strong colours and the representation of Buddha in various forms. Nevertheless, the Indian painting was “westernized” in the time as a colony very much and was Europeanized and lost with it increasingly the original typical style. Only in the modern age the style elements of the traditional painting which are mixed now with the style of western art appear slowly again.

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