Mughal Flower with Butterfly
Poppy or mainly the 'opium' poppy was a famous plant in the Mughal times. It was known for its medicinal and drug-related properties being a go to intoxicants for royals who looked for leisure. In this painting, Kailash Raj beautifully etches a red poppy over the canvas. Its petals bloom widely, protruding in lovely shapes that attract the spectators with its lovely shade of pink and red along with the bright green seal that cups the delicate flower in itself. Its slim cylindrical stem bends under the weight of the skinny leaves that are tinged in a hue of light and dark green.The background is illustrated to be a perfect blend of beige and Carolina blue colors contrasted with a lush green groundcover that enhances the picturesque moment. This painting is further beautified with a splendid white butterfly which is imprinted with eye catching blue designs. The entire illustration is enclosed in an exquisite golden and brown border that is embossed with breathtaking floral motifs which not only increase its value but its beauty as well.This painting displays a moment of tranquil and calm as the artist enacts serenity in the face of a flower. It clenches the spiritual thirst of your soul and turns out to be the perfect partner for your lonely walls, making it a must buy on your bucket list.


Water Color Painting on Paper

Artist:Kailash Raj

5.5 inch X 8 inch

Mughal Painting

The Mughal school of painting runs parallel to the Mughal dynasty. It came into prominence in the sixteenth century, during the reign of king Akbar. It reached its zenith under the patronage of Akbar’s grandson – king Jahangir. The reign of the latter’s successor king Shah Jahan saw its decline and finally under the unsympathetic Aurangzeb it breathed its last. Indeed, as a school of art, the duration of Mughal painting was a limited one, extending only over approximately two and a half centuries. Actually, it has often been referred to as not exactly a school, but rather an exceptionally brilliant phase in Indian art.

The roots of Mughal painting lay in Samarkand and Herat, where under the patronage of the Timurid kings, Persian art reached its apogee. Babur, a descendant of Timur, and the founder of the Mughal dynasty, speaks of a person named ‘Bihzad’ as ‘a most eminent painter’. It was with the descendants of Bihzad and the deep personal interest taken by Akbar, the grandson of king Babur, that the Mughal school of art started off with a flourish.

Regarding the aesthetics of Mughal painting, one exceptional feature is its commitment to realism or the delineation of likeness. The subjects were majorly drawn from the extremely rich and magnificent court life under the Mughals. That this was a flourishing art during Akbar’s reign is borne out by the list of more than forty painters found in a book written during his era.

However, it was under Akbar’s son Jehangir that Mughal painting gained its highest peaks. Not only portraits and hunting scenes, but also scientific studies of botany and natural history found favor with the artists under the king’s support. The Mughal painters were asked to paint unusual specimens of flora and fauna in their exact likeness. Some of these skilfully painted pictures have survived till today, narrating to us the uniqueness of those rich times.

Under the reign of Shajahan, son of Jahangir, the Mughal school of painting entered its decline. The actual treatment of the subject matter is replaced with more decorative embellishments like rich flowery borders etc. Under Shahjahan architecture scaled new peaks (Taj Mahal etc.), but painting deteriorated. Finally, with the rise of Aurangzeb, Mughal painting breathed its last.

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