Friends or Foes? Paul Gauguin and Van Gogh’s Relationship

Friends or Foes? Paul Gauguin and Van Gogh’s Relationship

The story of Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh’s tumultuous relationship is as intense as a Shakespearean play and has the potential to become a blockbuster movie. Several biographers and journalists have reported the incident of Van Gogh’s self mutilation, but very few ponder upon the circumstances leading up to it. In Paul Gauguin’s Intimate Journals, we get a glimpse of their relationship replete with drama, love and action. 
January 02, 2021 — Team Bimba
Kalighat Painting: Everything You Need To Know About Kalighat Paintings!

Kalighat Painting: Everything You Need To Know About Kalighat Paintings!

The folklore of story-telling in traditional Indian art has had a long-drawn history and its continued presence through the years can be attributed to its relationship with arts, paintings, religion, and customs. One such engaging art of storytelling can be traced back to 19th-century rural Bengal and the fascinating process of narrating epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana through pattachitras ‒ village to village, story to story. This tradition of storytelling in rural Bengal eventually led to the birth of an iconic painting style ‒ Kalighat paintings or Kalighat patachitra.
What is Classical Indian Art? Types of Indian Classical Paintings

What is Classical Indian Art? Types of Indian Classical Paintings

Classical Indian Art has an almost magical quality. It transports you to a bygone era and makes every scene come alive. Each canvas is more than just colourful brush strokes—it’s a lesson in history. These paintings teach us a lot about ancient customs, traditions, food, fashion, and so much more.
6 Things You Didn’t Know About Pichwai Painting

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Pichwai Painting

You may have come across paintings depicting Lord Krishna surrounded by bright motifs like cows, peacocks and lotuses. This art form is known as Pichwai and it originated in Rajasthan 400 years ago. Each piece takes painstaking efforts to be created and that’s probably why this art form began to fade away. However, there has been a renewed interest in Pichwai recently, with interior decorators gravitating towards it’s vivacity. 

Here are 6 things you may not know about this beautiful Indian art form:
November 25, 2020 — Rahul Soni
Artshala: Madhubani Painting

Artshala: Madhubani Painting

Madhubani started off as a form of Bhitti Chitra (wall art) as people painted the walls of their houses to mark special occasions like festivals, marriages, etc. It is said to have originated in erstwhile Mithila, which included Bihar, Jharkhand and certain parts of Southern Nepal, including Janakpur, which is hailed as Raja Janak’s (Sita’s father) kingdom. 
November 19, 2020 — Rahul Soni
Saving the Earth, One Painting at A Time

Saving the Earth, One Painting at A Time

Corrugated packaging material is recyclable, reusable and renewable. Since it is mostly made with paper obtained via cartons and newspapers, it can be recycled. The paper pulp with which it is made, comes from wood chips,  timber and pine trees. Hence, it is totally renewable. Its sturdy build enables it to carry a range of weights so it can be reused for a variety of purposes. Once you’re done, it can just be recycled!
November 10, 2020 — Rahul Soni
Artshala: Pichwai Art

#Artshala: Pichwai Art

The year is 1672. A deity representing Lord Krishna’s avatar as a 7-year-old is being transported from Mathura via Agra. Suddenly the bullock cart comes to an abrupt halt as the axle gets stuck in the mud. Devouts see it as a divine sign from Shrinathji (a local form of Lord Krishna) and decide to build a temple at that spot. 

The town is now called Nathdwara (the gateway to Shrinath), which is hailed as the birthplace of Pichwai art.

October 08, 2020 — Team Bimba
This Village in Orissa is Telling Stories Through Sarees and Tamarind

This Village in Orissa is Telling Stories Through Sarees and Tamarind

An artist sits hunched over a stiff canvas, holding a paintbrush. The creases on his forehead say that nothing can disturb his meditation right now. Splashes of black, yellow and gerua (orange) burst forth from the innermost recesses of his mind to recite an old talea tale of Lord Krishna and his enigmatic life. Many would have already heard this story, but the way he brings out the green of trees and the reddish smile dancing on a Gopi’s lipsit’s something very few storytellers would touch upon.

September 28, 2020 — Team Bimba
The Story of Adolf Hitler: An ‘Unsatisfactory’ Artist

The Story of Adolf Hitler: An ‘Unsatisfactory’ Artist

Dictator, draconian, eccentric, oppressive, mass murderer…
These are just a few words often associated with Adolf Hitler.
But have you imagined him as an artist? Probably not.

Hitler dedicated his early life to art and painted several oil and watercolour paintings to earn a living. However, his work was panned by art critics. So, how did a young artist turn into a dictator?

September 21, 2020 — Team Bimba
#QuickBytes in Art: What is Expressionism?

#QuickBytes in Art: What is Expressionism?

Expressionism is a modernist movement in the field of art and literature. Originated in Germany in the 20th century, it sought to present reality from a subjective perspective. It aimed at evoking certain emotions and moods by presenting the world in a distorted manner. Expressionists focused on articulating an emotional response to the world around them, rather than portraying physical reality.
September 14, 2020 — Team Bimba