Rajput styles of paintings are the epitome of royalty since the 18th century. The evolution of Rajput Paintings occurred in the royal court of Rajputana. The amazing fact about these paintings is that each Rajput kingdom evolved a distinct style, but with certain common features.
Rajput Painting has numerous themes depicted; like scenarios from epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, Krishna’s life, beautiful landscapes, and humans. Miniatures are the preferred theme through which Rajput Paintings are depicted.
Evolution of Rajput Paintings:
Amber in Rajasthan was one of the first kingdoms to become the Vassal of Akbar but noticeably its painting style remained conventional like that of Malwa. In 1728 Jai Singh shifted the capital from Amber to Jaipur. Later on, he and his successors increased many Artists. Initially, the painting was inspired from Mughals but later inherited their own style.
During the 18th century in the royal courts of Rajasthan. Rajasthan has played a significant role in the growth of Indian art. Rajput Paintings. Because of Bikaner state’s close ties with the Mughal court, all salient characteristics of the Mughal style are quite visible in early paintings of this style.
Procedure of Rajput Paintings:
The colors extracted from certain minerals, plant sources, conch shells, and were even derived by processing precious stones, gold and silver were used. Firstly the outline is drawn and later on the space is filled with highlighted colors. The pictures are drawn on the base by highly skilled artisans with fine detailing. And after that, the painting is painted with bright colors carefully.
These Rajput Paintings can be seen on the walls of many palaces and forts of Rajasthan. Not only on the frames but nowadays these paintings can be seen on furnishing things also. Most of the Rajasthani furniture also has these paintings hand-painted. Also majorly Rajasthani Furniture looks extremely beautiful because of these Rajput Paintings.