Top 10 Most Famous Indian Paintings of All Time

Here is the list of Top 10 Most Famous Indian Paintings of All Time. These Indian Paintings are of great value and perfect example of Indian talent. All these are done by well known Indian artists.

India is a nation with thousands of distinct and unique cultures of all religions and communities. Most of the painting from the Indian artists shows the exact picture of Indian culture. Each painting has its own meaning in it. Many of these Famous paintings are generally owned by museums.

Here is the list of Top 10 Most Famous Indian Paintings of All Time. These paintings are not only famous but also they are valuable.

1. Horses in full gallop by MF Hussain

Horses in full gallop by MF Hussain

Horses in full gallop are one of the popular paintings of MF Husain. Maqbool Fida Husain (17 September 1915 – 9 June 2011) was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay (PAG). Bold outlines in the painting are illustrating the powerful beasts raising their heads.

2. Bharat Mata by Abanindranath Tagore

Bharat Mata by Abanindranath TagoreThis painting is a remarkable visual representation being created to evoke the nationalist feelings in Indians during the freedom struggle. Created in 1905 by nephew of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath is considered the foundational figure of the Bengal School of Art and is also hailed as the ‘father of modern Indian Art’. The painting depicts a saffron clad woman, dressed like a sadhvi, holding a book, sheaves of paddy, a piece of white cloth and a garland in her four hands.

3. Shakuntala by Raja Ravi Verma

Shakuntala by Raja Ravi Verma

Shakuntala or Shakuntala looking for Dushyanta is an epic painting by celebrated Indian painter, Raja Ravi Varma. Raja Ravi Varma (29 April 1848 – 2 October 1906) was an Indian painter and artist from the princely state of Travancore. He is considered among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art and his paintings are considered to be among the best examples of the fusion of Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art.

The painting depicts Shakuntala, an important character of Mahabaratha, pretending to remove a thorn from her foot, while actually looking for her husband or lover, Dushyantha, while her friends call her bluff.

4. Mahishasura by Tyeb Mehta

Mahishasura by Tyeb Mehta

Mahishasura is an expensive work done by India’s finest contemporary artist, Tyeb Mehta. The 1994 Mahishasura painting recounts a Hindu legend where a demon-king produces a son through his union with a she-buffalo. This acrylic on canvas, pictured center painting is an after effect of inspiration caused during the visit to Shantiniketan. This was the first Indian painting to cross the million dollar mark, selling for a whopping $1.584 million at Christie’s in 2005. It was bought by a private Indian Museum in 2010 at the famous Christie’s in London.

5. Bapuji by Nandlal Bose

Bapuji by Nandlal Bose

This famous black and white painting is created by Nandalal when Gandhiji marched to protest the Salt tax in the historic Dandi march in 1930. Nandalal Bose (3 December 1882 – 16 April 1966) was one of the pioneers of modern Indian art and a key figure of Contextual Modernism .Bose’s image of Gandhi is one of the most iconic images of the 20th Century.

6. Sohni Mahiwal by Sobha Singh

Sohni Mahiwal by Sobha Singh

Sohni Mahiwal is a painting by Shoba Singh (29 November 1901 – 22 August 1986), who was a well-known contemporary painter from Indian Punjab. The painting depicts a tragic love story.  The artists painted several versions of this popular love legend painting between 1937 and 1979 and one of it is on permanent display at Sobha Singh Art Gallery, Andretta.

7. Iconic paintings of Mother Teresa by MF Husain

Iconic paintings of Mother Teresa by MF Husain

It was painted by MF Husain, one of India’s leading modern artist. The painting depicts the figure of Mother Teresa, an Albanian Roman Catholic nun, founder of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (1950), in a semi-abstract and geometric style. Mother Teresa, portrayed in her iconic white sari with blur border, cradles a baby in her arms. The venerated figure of Mother Teresa first appeared in the art of Maqbool Fida Husain in 1980.

8. Three Girls by Amrita Shergil

Three Girls by Amrita Sher-Gil

Three Girls is a painting by Amrita Sher-Gil, an Indian artist in 1935after her return from Europe in 1934.Sher-Gil is considered among the most important Indian painters of the 20th century. The painting won the gold medal in the annual exhibition of the Bombay Art Society in 1937. It is now on permanent display at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi.

9. Jatayu Vadham by Raja Ravi Verma

Jatayu Vadham by Raja Ravi Verma

The painting depicts Seetha horrified seeing Ravana cutting Jatayu’s wing. The story of Jatayu is from Ramayana. This Oil painting on canvas by Raja Ravi Varma dated 1895 is now located at Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. There is also another version by the artist of the same incident.

10. Self-Portrait – Rabindranath Tagore

Self-Portrait by Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath is the pioneer of modern painting in India. One of the most famous paintings of tagore is the portrait of himself. This painting depicts the full-face, self-portrait of the bearded artist. The unworked background and the enhanced contour push the figure out from the ground. The flatness of the figure is enhanced by the lack of color and the use of primitive looking pencil lines.

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