Rajasthan, a land of vibrant culture and heritage, is also home to great works of man-made architecture and beautiful artworks of nature. One of them being, the Thar Desert Paintings.
Stretching for miles in different shades of peach and orange with layers of undulating patterns and beautifully sculpted sand dunes, it forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan and has an enormous cultural significance.
Its picturesque backdrops have served as a muse to several artists who’ve fallen under their charm. Some of the artists have brought such majestic landscapes to life, with these gorgeous Thar Desert Paintings, bordering on fantasy and reality. Here’s a list of 5 Thar Desert Paintings by Indian Artists.
Woman Offering Water to a Passenger on Camel
This painting by Indian artist, Goutami Mishra, perfectly depicts the magnanimity and generosity of people in the Thar Desert. Despite a life of hardships, a sense of hospitality is ingrained in them. The arid terrain forces women of these regions to carry water from distant places for their daily needs and they use it judiciously.
Despite this, they’re often seen generously offering water to thirsty travelers which have been beautifully depicted in this painting. A perfect play of light and shadow along with the combination of bright colours against golden hues makes this a great piece of art.
The medium of painting used here is oil on canvas. The price of this painting is 16.6k.
Artist Ananta Mandal gives us a glimpse of life in the Thar Desert during the golden hours. A visual description of the Great Indian Desert is incomplete without one or two camels in the frame. The everyday life of people has been beautifully portrayed in this painting. The luscious golden hues capture the majestic landscape in all its glory. The medium of painting used here is watercolour on paper. The price of this painting is 3.1 lakh and it’s available here.
Desert Life in Rajasthan
Camel is a recurring subject in most works of art surrounding the Thar Desert. This detailed painting by artist Shreyas Makwana showcases the life of three turbaned Rajasthani men resting with their camels on the sand dunes.
The artist has managed to cover several aspects of desert scenery in his strokes. The patterns on the sand along with the bright, vibrant-colored garment adorning the camel, adds a tinge of rustic beauty to the frame. The medium of painting used is acrylic on canvas. You can contact the artist for the price here.
Lady in Desert
Most desert paintings portray women in colourful decorative attires and elaborate earrings. However, in a rare combination of minimalism and simplicity, this art by artist Tathagata Mandal, showcases the delicate beauty of a Rajasthani woman in a long flowing ghagra and a simple necklace.
Music is a vital part of the desert culture and the main form of recreation there. This painting portraying a beautiful woman playing music truly brings to life an evening in the desert. The artist has beautifully portrayed the sunset colours in the backdrop. The camel also makes its appearance, completing the quintessential desert frame. The medium of painting used is digital you can contact the artist for the price here.
Sunset in Rajasthan Desert
Artist Divya Kakkar has effortlessly captured the essence of a desert frame in subtle yet vibrant tones. The women with pots walking into the orange-red sunset give it a surreal look. The artist has beautifully portrayed the sunset in this painting. The painting medium on canvas is acrylic.
Rajasthani art has always been an important part of the Indian art form. Thar Desert pictures and posters are available for sale on several art websites like artmajeur.com and artzolo.com. Also, Thar desert illustrations are now available in digital form as well.
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