Vision of India: A Case Study of the works of Selected Foreign Artists on India (1750- 1850)

Jyoti Saini[1] and Dr. Ila Gupta[2]

Vol. 1, No. 2, 2016 I Full Text PDF

[Received on June 24, 2016, published on 26 August, 2016]


India is symbolized by the diversity of its art and culture from epochs. Visitors from other countries have been attracted to its culture, religious beliefs, artistic beauty and philosophy. Foreign artists have been coming to India from early period. Being impressed by different aspects of India they portrayed the country after making a mental picture through artistic observation. India is a land of mountains, hills, rocks, soils and various climates for some artists and for some, it is full of religious thoughts and beliefs, rich in social life, customs and traditions that encouraged and motivated the minds and hearts of foreign artists to paint India. Filtered through the connoisseur’s lens, India emerged as an exotic and mysterious land from the paintings of the ghats of Banaras, dancing girls in princely courts, colorful costumes, portraits of rulers and their courtiers, different native occupations and the local flora and fauna. Thus, this paper is an attempt to evaluate the works of some of the selected foreign artists who worked on the landscapes in India. It also tries to highlight the background of that period through the study of paintings and theoretical writings of some of the eminent art- critics.

Keywords: Foreign artists, Paintings, Indian art, landscape

[1] Research Scholar, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. Email:

[2] Professor and Head of Department, Dept. of Architecture & Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India