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Indian & South Asian Paintings

India and South Asia boast complex and illustrious traditions of painting. These works are as visually diverse and rich as the cultures they encompass. India’s painting tradition has been traced back more than 30,000 years to cave murals and continues through the end of the Medieval period (8th-10th century B.C.). During this period, miniature paintings on palm leaves are prominent and often feature Buddhist and Hindu iconography.

India’s painting tradition further evolved with the institution of colonial British rule during the 19th century. Cultural cross-pollination occurred as fewer Indian aristocrats could afford native artist commissions and the British Empire established schools in major cities. This developed a new style of Indian art paintings known as “Company” school, named in reference to the British East India Company. Company school paintings often feature native people in their traditional garb depicted in a romanticized manner characteristic of European painting in this era.


Quick Facts

  • The British Raj of the 19th century fused indigenous Indian and European sensibilities. Contemporary painters such as Atul Dodiya and Subodh Gupta continue the exploration of Indian identity among increasing cultural interchange
  • Neolithic cave paintings from the Vindhya mountain range offer scenes of humans living alongside animals and hunting using crude stone implements
  • Indian cave murals were typically rendered using a powdered mineral known as geru, a type of iron oxide

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TWO POLYCHROME PAINTINGS ON WOOD DEPICTING KRISHNA AND LAKSHMI
by Nagel Auction
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A GROUP OF TWELVE WATER COLOR PORTAITS FRAMED UNDER GLASS, INSCRIBED 'THE OFFICIALS OF MYOSORE'
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A GROUP OF TWELVE WATER COLOR PORTAITS FRAMED UNDER GLASS, INSCRIBED 'THE OFFICIALS OF MYOSORE'
by Nagel Auction
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SIX POLYCHROME PAINTED MINIATURE PAINTINGS, ONE LEAF DOUBLE FACE
Dec 08, 9:30 AM CET
SIX POLYCHROME PAINTED MINIATURE PAINTINGS, ONE LEAF DOUBLE FACE
by Nagel Auction
Est: €250- €350
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A MINIATURE PAINTING OF MUGHAL EMPEROR BABUR PAYING HOMAGE TO GURU NANAK
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A MINIATURE PAINTING OF MUGHAL EMPEROR BABUR PAYING HOMAGE TO GURU NANAK
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Est: €140- €200
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Est: €70- €100
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AN INDIAN MINIATURE PAINTING OF RAMA AND SITA ENTRHONED
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €150- €300
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Dec 08, 9:30 AM CET
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by Nagel Auction
Est: €500- €800
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Dec 10, 11:00 AM CET
Miniaturmalerei, Indien, um 1800, Papier, Figurativedarstellung in schmalen Linien
by Auktionshaus Demessieur
Est: €0- €0
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TWO DRAWINGS AND A GOUACHE PAINTING
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A FINE MINIATURE PAINTING IN GOUACHE AND GOLD WITH GOLD DECORATED MARGINS
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Miniaturmalerei, Indien/Persien, um 1900, Karton, Zentrale Darstellung mit Pflanzenranken umrahmt
Dec 10, 11:00 AM CET
Miniaturmalerei, Indien/Persien, um 1900, Karton, Zentrale Darstellung mit Pflanzenranken umrahmt
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Est: €0- €0
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Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 3 THANGKAS
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Est: CHF200- CHF400
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by Westport Auction
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by Nagel Auction
Est: €500- €800
€5000 Bids
A FINE MINIATURE PAINTING IN POLYCHROME GOUACHES WITH A NIGHT SCENE
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A FINE MINIATURE PAINTING IN POLYCHROME GOUACHES WITH A NIGHT SCENE
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Est: €200- €300
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Indian School: Figures in a Palace Garden
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
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Est: $600- $800
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ZWEI MINIATURMALEREIEN
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
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Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
Ecole de Warli, Inde
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Ecole de Warli, Inde
by Geneve Encheres
Est: CHF150- CHF200
CHF1500 Bids
AN INDIAN MINIATURE PAINTING OF SHIVA’S FAMILY, 19TH CENTURY
Dec 10, 11:00 AM CET
AN INDIAN MINIATURE PAINTING OF SHIVA’S FAMILY, 19TH CENTURY
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €150- €300
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