Indian sculpture and painting, illustrated by typical masterpieces, with an explanation of their motives and ideals . of theprincipal figures. A Music-party, Plate LXIX., is an example ofthe popular art of the present day, founded on theold traditions, which has nearly succumbed to thedebasing influences of modern Indian life. Thereis an artistic quality in this picture which, in spiteof the crudeness of the drawing, makes it infinitelymore delightful than any of the Anglicised andcommercialised Indian art, sometimes moresophisticated, but always insincere, and thereforeworthless, which is sup

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Indian sculpture and painting, illustrated by typical masterpieces, with an explanation of their motives and ideals . of theprincipal figures. A Music-party, Plate LXIX., is an example ofthe popular art of the present day, founded on theold traditions, which has nearly succumbed to thedebasing influences of modern Indian life. Thereis an artistic quality in this picture which, in spiteof the crudeness of the drawing, makes it infinitelymore delightful than any of the Anglicised andcommercialised Indian art, sometimes moresophisticated, but always insincere, and thereforeworthless, which is sup Stock Photo
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Indian sculpture and painting, illustrated by typical masterpieces, with an explanation of their motives and ideals . of theprincipal figures. A Music-party, Plate LXIX., is an example ofthe popular art of the present day, founded on theold traditions, which has nearly succumbed to thedebasing influences of modern Indian life. Thereis an artistic quality in this picture which, in spiteof the crudeness of the drawing, makes it infinitelymore delightful than any of the Anglicised andcommercialised Indian art, sometimes moresophisticated, but always insincere, and thereforeworthless, which is sup
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Indian sculpture and painting, illustrated by typical masterpieces, with an explanation of their motives and ideals . of theprincipal figures. A Music-party, Plate LXIX., is an example ofthe popular art of the present day, founded on theold traditions, which has nearly succumbed to thedebasing influences of modern Indian life. Thereis an artistic quality in this picture which, in spiteof the crudeness of the drawing, makes it infinitelymore delightful than any of the Anglicised andcommercialised Indian art, sometimes moresophisticated, but always insincere, and thereforeworthless, which is supplanting it. Like the pure melody of an old folk-song, it is atrue creation of national sentiment, of the poeticimpulse which flows spontaneously from the heartof a people inspired by the joy of life and love ofbeauty. In the previous illustrations we haveseen how an Indian artist shows the gloom ofgloom ; here we have the sunshine of sun-shine, given with the same pure delight withwhich the lark trills his song of joy in the highheavens on a summer morning. The figures in PLATE LXVIIIIN THE ZANANA, ?GARDEN ^. CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIAN ART 229 this picture are by no means attractive types, orvery deeply studied as to character; but their glow-ing draperies and the gay colours of the musicalinstruments, together with the pearly tones of themarble and the bright hues of the flowers, servethe purpose of the artist—to express the beautyand the gladness of the radiant Indian sunlight. And, just as in Indian music there are no com-plicated harmonies, but a subtle flow of pure in-tensive melody, so in painting, too, the Indianartist eschews strong shadows and broken colours,producing an effect of light and atmosphere bythe perfect rhythm of his colour-music. In all of these paintings, though the art is en-tirely spontaneous and unaffected, the very Indianqualities of infinite patience and perfect self-controlare strongly manifested. Patience unlimited isbestowed upon detail apparent

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