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New Forms of Imperial Art

‘The Imperial Art’ that was prevalent in India during the British Colonial rule can be classified into three categories.

  • Landscape painting

  • Portrait painting

  • History painting

  • European artists came to India along with British Traders and rulers. New styles of painting were introduced by these artists. They began producing pictures of India which became widely popular in Europe and helped the Europeans understand India better.

    European Artists’ style

    • They painted pictures that were exactly the same in reality

    • What the artists produced looked real and lifelike

    • European artists introduced the technique of oil painting which was unknown to the Indian artists

    • Oil paintings allow artists to produce pictures that looked real.

    The paintings done by European Artists highlighted the culture, the power and the people of Britain.

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