National Museum Cardiff presents Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

. July 31, 2013

National Museum Cardiff opens Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin an exhibition on view 27 Jul–3 Nov, 2013.

A lady singing Kishangarh, c.1740 Gouache with gold on paper © The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

A lady singing Kishangarh, c.1740 Gouache with gold on paper © The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

The artist Howard Hodgkin has been a passionate collector of Indian paintings since his school days and his collection is considered one of the finest of its kind in the world.

Visions of Mughal India, on tour from the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, brings together a selection of outstanding paintings and drawings from his exceptional collection.

Hodgkin’s collection includes illustrations of epics and myths, royal portraits and scenes of court life and hunting. There is also a large and spectacular group of elephant portraits.

Some of the works in the collection vividly evoke the urban or daily life of India, a country which has inspired Hodgkin on his frequent visits made over some 50 years.

The exhibition represents most of the main types of Indian court painting that flourished during the Mughal period (c. 1550–1850) including:

the refined naturalistic works of the imperial Mughal court,
the poetic and subtly coloured paintings of the Deccani Sultanates,
and the boldly drawn and vibrantly coloured styles of the Rajput kingdoms of Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills.

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