Chashma Shahi by Abanindranath Tagore

Chashma Shahi - Abanindranath Tagore -

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TitleChashma Shahi
ArtistAbanindranath Tagore
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About Chashma Shahi

Chashma Shahi, located in Srinagar city adjacent to Rajbhawan, is a beautiful garden that showcases Abanindranath Tagore’s artistry. Abanindranath Tagore was a revolutionary artist who significantly contributed to Indian Art and founded the Indian Society of Oriental Art. He sought to modernize Moghul and Rajput styles as a counter-influence to the Western models of art taught in Art Schools under the British Raj. As a result, he developed the Bengal school of art which was inspired by Mughal miniature traditions and Japanese wash techniques. One of Abanindranath Tagore’s most famous works is Chashma Shahi. It depicts Himalayan landscapes executed in a wash technique that makes it unique from other paintings during his time. The technique is characterized by harmonious tonality created by watercolor washed over ink lines which creates an atmospheric effect. The painting deliberately omits delineated details emphasizing instead the overall ambiance. Chashma Shahi exemplifies Abanindranath Tagore’s skill for merging Eastern and Western stylistic concepts while still retaining individuality through his developed art form known as “Indian style.” The piece bears significance not just for its artistic merit but also because it represents Tagore’s contribution towards resisting colonial influence while advancing India’s cultural heritage in artistry. Overall, Chashma Shahi remains an awe-inspiring masterpiece showcasing Abanindranath Tagore’s technical mastery and contributions to Indian Art via his philosophy of aesthetic liberation from westernized thinking toward enhanced self-expression informed by historical tradition.

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