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
The Jealous Lover by Francis Newton Souza,1949
Lovers by Akbar Padamsee
Girl In Love by Tyeb Mehta
The Temptation by C J Antony Doss
Lovers In Moonlight by A A Raiba
Blind Love In Rain by Krishen Khanna
Two Men In Benares By Bhupen Khakhar
Couple Series by Jogen Chowdhury
Love, Deception, And Intrigue by Nalini Malani
Relationship by Altaf Mohammedi
Cupid Playing by Anupam Sud
Rose Memories by Arpita Singh
Drunken Frenzy of Love by Bharti Kher
*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!