14 shades of love in modern and contemporary Indian art

14 shades of love in modern and contemporary Indian art

The emotion of love has always been a subject of artistic expression across time and place. Same has been the case with the art of India where this sublime feeling has been timelessly interpreted and depicted spanning antiquity to the contemporary era. With artists of many generations bringing alive the emotion in different styles, forms, mediums, and visual language, a wide oeuvre of Indian art has been there to observe. And while often it is the miniatures from the middle era which captures the fancy of the audiences, the modern and contemporary Indian art is not devoid of such intimate utterances in the ‘matters of heart,’

So in celebration of this Valentine’s Day on February 14, here are 14 profound works of Indian modern and contemporary art that showcase different shades of love.

Love Messenger by Gaganendranath Tagore

Gaganendranath Tagore, Love Messenger, undated, oil on canvas

The Jealous Lover by Francis Newton Souza,1949

Francis Newton Souza, The Jealous Lover , 1949, oil on board, 91.4 x 60.9 cm

Lovers by Akbar Padamsee

Akbar Padamsee, Lovers, 1952, oil on board, 157.5X81.3 cm,

Girl In Love by Tyeb Mehta

Tyeb Mehta, Girl In Love, 1957, oil on canvas, 59.1 x 43.8 cm

The Temptation by C J Antony Doss

C.J. Anthony Doss, The Temptation, 1957, oil on canvas laid on board, 69.9 x 52 cm

Lovers In Moonlight by A A Raiba

A. A Raiba, Lovers In Moonlight ,1965, Oil on canvas lined on canvas
30 x 42 in.

Blind Love In Rain by Krishen Khanna

Krishen Khanna, Blind Love In Rain, 1973, oil on canvas, 178 x 119 cms

Two Men In Benares By Bhupen Khakhar

Bhupen Khakhar, Two Men In Benares, 1982, Oil on canvas, 160 x 160 cm.

Couple Series by Jogen Chowdhury

Jogen Chowdhury, Couple II, undated, Serigraph

Love, Deception, And Intrigue by Nalini Malani

Nalini Malani, Love, Deception, And Intrigue, 1985-86, Oil on canvas, 172.3 x 221.8 cm

Relationship by Altaf Mohammedi

Altaf Mohammedi, Relationship, 1995, Oil on canvas,12 x 12 in.

Cupid Playing by Anupam Sud

Anupam Sud, Cupid Playing, 1996, Etching on Paper, 24.5 x 18 inch

Rose Memories by Arpita Singh

Arpita Singh, Rose Memories, 2003, Oil on canvas

Drunken Frenzy of Love by Bharti Kher

Bharti Kher, Drunken Frenzy of Love, 2010, Triptych, Bindis On Painted Board

*Artworks are in chronological order and all dated except the 1st and 9th one, the exact date for which could not be found.

*If you think there is an artwork that needs to be included in the list, we would love to heart it through your comment on the post!

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