Exhibition: Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits in India

Chaganlal (India, active 1916–45), Maharana Bhupal Singh (r. 1930–55), India, Rajasthan, Mewar, Udaipur, c. 1940, Opaque watercolor on photograph, and cardboard mount, South and Southeast Asian Acquisition Fund, M.2004.192.  Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Chaganlal (India, active 1916–45), Maharana Bhupal Singh (r. 1930–55), India, Rajasthan, Mewar, Udaipur, c. 1940, Opaque watercolor on photograph, and cardboard mount, South and Southeast Asian Acquisition Fund, M.2004.192. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Exhibition:  Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits in India

Where:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (California, USA)

When:  August 10, 2013–October 12, 2014

About:  “South Asian artistic traditions were dramatically transformed by the political, social, and economic changes that accompanied India’s passage from native to colonial rule in the nineteenth century. Artists formerly employed by Indian princes came to work for English officials and merchant elites, adjusting their practices to suit their new patrons’ tastes. English artists and expatriates introduced new genres and pictorial styles to India, while foreign demand for Indian luxury items brought about aesthetic transformations in textiles, silver, and other goods. The exhibition explores a complex and fascinating visual history, and brings together rarely-seen artworks from LACMA’s South and Southeast Asian, Costume and Textiles, and European Painting and Sculpture Departments.”

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