jeudi 12 juin 2014

Paintings Of Ravi Varma And Jon Mcnaughton

By Darren Hartley

Ravi Varma paintings are considered to be among the best examples of the fusion of Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art. Ravi's exposure in the west came when he won the first prize in the Vienna Art Exhibition in 1873.

The creation of Ravi Varma paintings in oil started during Ravi's stay at the royal palace in Thiruvananthapuram. His stay in the palace, during his formative years, offered Ravi many opportunities to discover and learn new techniques and media in the field of painting. His later years were spent in Mysore, Baroda and other parts of the country.

Ravi Varma paintings are striking case studies of academic art in India. Ravi was described as the greatest artist of modern India and a national builder showing the moral courage of a gifted high-born who took up the degrading profession of painting.

Instrumental to the development of Jon McNaughton paintings was Jon's deep love for the land of his pioneer heritage. These roots traces back to the small town of Grafton, Utah. The great promise that Jon showed at an early age led to a full scholarship to the Brigham Young University.

The artistic style of the Jon McNaughton paintings stems from the study of the forerunners to the Impressionists. It was a derivative of the work from the French Barbizon School of painting, popular during the years 1830-1875. It was the works of the artists from this school that provided the inspiration for the Jon McNaughton paintings.

It is Jon's hope that his Jon McNaughton paintings will reach its viewers, not only on a superficial level, but rather touch something inside them, that is not easily accessible. His goal is for his paintings to leave his admirers with a feeling that the paintings have become part of them and therefore forever engraved in their minds and hearts.

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