Interaction of Cultures: Indian and Western Painting(1780-1910)
The Ehrenfeld Collection
This exhibition will feature approximately 95 works
from The Ehrenfeld Collection, one of the most important
private collections of Indian art in the United
States. The project encompasses the period from
1780 to 1910-from the time of the Mughal kingdoms
until well into the British "Raj." The first North
American exhibition to consider the artistic interaction
between these cultures, it will demonstrate the
artistic evolution in India of the non-Indian artist
from historical depictions to purely aesthetic studies
as well as his Indian counterpart's evolution from
European employed native painter to independent
artist. The exhibition comprises primarily paintings
on canvas and paper, along with a few exceptional
watercolors, drawings, and prints. The aesthetic
quality of the works will lure the viewer into one
of the most captivating periods of world history.
All are connected by an underlying narrative that
introduces the dramatic political history of India
(including scenes of mutinies and revolts against
the English). But rather than giving a complete
historical survey, the exhibition concentrates on
cornerstones of colonial Indian art history and
masterworks of the non-Indian legacy. The western
painters represented include Thomas and William
Daniell, George Chinnery, Robert
Home, Sir Charles D'Oyly, Sir Edward Lear, William
Simpson, and Edwin Lord Weeks. Among the Indian
artists will be Jivan Ram, Abanindranath Tagore,
Ravi Varma, M.A. Rahman Chugtai, and Amrita Sher-Gil.
The exhibition was organized by Art Services International
and guest curated by Joachim K. Bautze, Ph.D., Chairman
of the South Asian Institute at Heidelberg University,
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, 7 February-3 May 1998
Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii
Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida
Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, Florida
Asia Society, British Library, London.
Interaction of Cultures: Indian and Western Painting (1780-1910), The Ehrenfeld Collection is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia, in collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
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