Wednesday, 22 August 2012

My Art Inspiration : Sita Devi of Kapurthala

My Art Inspiration : Sita Devi of Kapurthala

Rani Sita Devi of Kapurthala (1915−2002), also known as Princess Karam, was widely regarded as one of the most glamorous women of her day.
She was a daughter of the Hindu Raja of Kashipur, a zamindari.At age 13, she married Karamjit Singh, a younger son of the Sikh Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala. She was considered one of the most beautiful women on the subcontinent. She was fluent in several European languages and possessed a strong flair for style. She was the muse for several photographers from Cecil Beaton to Man Ray, whose pictures displayed her innate elegance and grace. The Rani’s apparent preferred couturier was Mainbocher. He also designed the wedding dress for Wallis Simpson's nuptials with the Duke of Windsor. Sita Devi wore her chiffon saris and fur coats, designed by Mainbocher, with dramatic effect and charm. In the mid-1930s she was widely followed by the society columns as a trendsetter. The Maharajkumari was such a “pop icon” of the 1930s she was the inspiration for one of Ira Gershwin's production numbers for the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936. When she was 19 years old, Vogue Magazine anointed her the latest “secular goddess.” Three years later Look named her one of the five best dressed women on earth. The couturier Elsa Schiaparelli was impressed and artistically inspired by Princess Karam, so much so, that the gowns of the designer’s 1935 collection was constructed like the Rani's Indian saris. Princess Karam of Kapurthala was considered a slender seductress, who seemed to have access to all the most fashionable society salons. She was the toast of Paris, London and around the globe. In early 1939, at Lady Mendl's tea in honor of the Hollywood Dietitian, Dr. Gayelord Hauser, he gave his list for the twelve most glamorous women in the world. Among the nominees was Sita Devi. In May 1939, the princess wore a Mainbocher long-sleeved Burma-blue tulle gown with matching ostrich feather trim to Countess de Limur's annual party to launch the Paris spring society season. A week later, at the Parisian restaurant Les Ambassadeurs, the Maharajkumari was vision of loveliness wearing, in what the newswires reported, the American designer's "corn-yellow crêpe peasant dress and kerchief." That July at the Season’s ending costume ball hosted by the designer, writer, arts patron, all-purpose aesthete and Renaissance man - Count Etienne de Beaumont and his wife, Edith, the Indian princess made an entrance in a Grecian-style gown by Alix (a.k.a. Madame Grès), fashioned from white jersey that was draped cleverly indicating three waist levels—just under the bosom, at normal location, and at a low hipline. It had a flowing knee-length cape gracefully attached at the shoulders. At the end of the summer in 1939, Elsie de Wolfe threw a party in honor of the Kapurthalan Princess. The entertainment included an entourage of trained elephants. As in the Indian tradition, she was dripping in jewels for all occasions. Her husband, Maharajkumar Karam, had spectacular jewelry created for her by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and among other notable jewelers.

she is so beautiful & her beauty stimulates my mind to make art completely inspired by her .

see the pictures of my inspiration of Art .......

                                                         - Rishabh Shukla

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Saturday, 11 August 2012


Portraiture :

Painting, photograph, or drawing of somebody, somebody’s face, or a related group is called Portrait & the art or practice of making portraits is called portraiture.

Portraiture, visual representation of individual people, distinguished by references to the subject's character, social position, wealth, or profession. In the broadest sense, portraiture can include representations of animals (favored pets or prize-winning livestock, for example) or even representations of dwellings. As discussed here, however, portraiture refers only to images of people.

Portraitists often strive for exact visual likenesses. However, although the viewer's correct identification of the sitter is of primary importance, exact replication is not always the goal. Artists may intentionally alter the appearance of their subjects by embellishing or refining their images to emphasize or minimize particular qualities (physical, psychological, or social) of the subject. Viewers sometimes praise most highly those images that seem to look very little like the sitter because these images are judged to capture some nonvisual quality of the subject.

Portraits can be executed in any medium, including sculpted stone and wood, oil, painted ivory, pastel, encaustic (wax) on wood panel, tempera on parchment, carved cameo, and hammered or poured metal.

Portraiture has broad and varied functions. Many societies regard portraits as important ways to convey status and acknowledge power and wealth. Many societies have employed portraits as a means of remembering the dead.

Portraits can include only the head of the subject, or they can depict the shoulders and head, the upper torso, or an entire figure shown either seated or standing. Portraits can show individuals either self-consciously posing in ways that convey a sense of timelessness or captured in the midst of work or daily activity. During some historical periods, portraits were severe and emphasized authority, and during other periods artists worked to communicate spontaneity and the sensation of life.

Portraiture is considered a specialized subgroup of art, and therefore it has its own standards and criteria. A portrait is judged, in part, on how closely it resembles the appearance of the subject. Portraits, however, are not limited to simply recreating external appearances and situations and often are highly regarded for portraying a range of qualities of an individual or group. Artists utilize elements of their portraits—backgrounds, props, or mounts for the sitter (thrones or horses, for example)—to provide information about the subject's character or place in society.

Please have a look over this collection of portraits .........

                                                   - Rishabh Shukla
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Friday, 3 August 2012

Art of Painting

Art of Painting :

Painting, branch of the visual arts in which color, derived from any of numerous organic or synthetic substances, is applied to various surfaces to create a representational or abstract picture or design.
when a painting is taking shape in our minds , it has no bounds , no limitations....... as we are painting, we do our best to reach out and go closest to this image that we have in our mind . sometimes we do feel that we have been able to capture this fleeting image on paper , but by the time , our imagination has soared still higher & further -like the never -to-be reached line of the horizon.
Drawing is the basis of painting . A picture of something made with a pencil, pen, or crayon, usually consisting of lines, often with shading, but generally without color is called a drawing. Sketching is the begining of drawing .The purpose of undertaking sketching are quite a few : shetching helps to losen up our hands, & helps retaining any ideas or concepts for future reference. it also helps one to arrange the components for a composition, as preparatory for a painting. sketching can be a joy in its own right. Quite often , a pencil or pen- and- ink sketch has proved to be an independent picture in itself. Pen and ink sketches has its own position & beauty. Power of black & white can't be ignored ... . after all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder . so behold the beauty of this black & white collection .

Beauty of Black & while :

                                            - Rishabh Shukla

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Art - An Overview

Art - An Overview

Art, a disciplined activity that may be limited to skill or expanded to include a distinctive way of looking at the world. The word art is derived from the Latin ars, meaning “skill.” Art is skill at performing a set of specialized actions, as, for example, the art of gardening or of playing chess.
Art in its broader meaning, however, involves both skill and creative imagination in a musical, literary, visual, or performance context. Art provides the person or people who produce it and the community that observes it with an experience that might be aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, or a combination of these qualities.


Traditionally, in most societies, art has combined practical and aesthetic functions. In the 18th century in the West, however, a more sophisticated public began to distinguish between art that was purely aesthetic and art that was also practical. The fine arts (French beaux arts)—including literature, music, dance, painting, sculpture, and architecture—are concerned primarily with aesthetics. The decorative or applied arts, such as pottery, metalwork, furniture, tapestry, and enamel, are often useful arts and for a time were demoted to the rank of crafts. Because the École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts) in Paris taught only the major visual arts, the term art was sometimes narrowed to mean only drawing, painting, architecture, and sculpture. Since the mid-20th century, however, greater appreciation of non-Western and folk traditions and of individual work in a mechanized society has tended to blur the old distinction. Both categories are becoming valued as art.


Both art and science require technical skill. Both artist and scientist try to create order out of the seemingly random and diverse experiences of the world. Both try to understand and appreciate the world and to convey their experience to others. However, an essential difference exists: The scientist studies quantitative sense perceptions in order to discover laws or concepts that are universally true. The artist selects qualitative perceptions and arranges them to express personal and cultural understanding. Whereas further investigation may cause a scientific law to be invalidated, a work of art—despite changes in the artist's view or the public taste—has permanent validity as an aesthetic statement at a particular time and place.


Drama and Dramatic Arts
jewellery etc.

Through this blog I will throw light on the topics like concept of art, art history, art industry, art appreciation, art criticism, art collection, art collectors, art conservation & restoration, art forgery etc. Before signing off , I request all the readers to share their precious experiences & views about Art.

- Rishabh Shukla

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सर्वप्रथम आप सबको तहे दिल से शुक्रिया मेरे प्यारे - न्यारे, कड़ुवे व मीठे चिट्ठे [ ब्लॉग] पर अपना प्रेम लुटाने के लिये. आज कल मेरी कलम बहुत फड़फड़ाने लगी है...रात दिन मचलती रहती है... अब उसके पास कुछ काम धंधा तो है नहीं , बस खाली टेबल पर पड़े- पड़े  मुझे रात- दिन घूरती रहती है......वैसे भी खाली दिमाग शैतान का वास तो होता ही है  .... तो लगी एक दिन अपना खडूस पना मुझ पर निकालने ...क्या करुँ बीवी तो अभी है नहीं तो कलम ही बीवी के हिस्से की डांट सुनाने लगी.....पर मुझे उस रात उस पर बड़ा प्रेम आया और मैंने उसको अपने हाथों में ले लिया ..पर देखिये इसमें भी मेरी कलम ने मेरे साथ ही politics  कर डाली ..कागज़ को  पहले ही अपने खेमे में कर रखा था ..फिर क्या हाथ में मैंने अपनी कलम को क्या उठाया कागज़ स्वत: ही मेरी ओर खिंचा चला आया ....ओर मेरी खड़ूस कलम लगभग 1 घंटे तक मुझसे जाने क्या-क्या लिखवाती रही ..... और जानते हैं जब कलम का गुस्सा शांत हुआ और कागज़ को मैंने देखा तो उसमें साफ तौर पर दो नए चिट्ठों की शुरुआत करने की रणनीति तैयार थी . ..... बड़ा क्रोध आया पर भाई जो भी हो प्यार तो अंधा होता है...मेरी कलम मेरा पहला प्यार है...भली है , बुरी है, मीठी है , कड़वी है, खड़ूस है...... जैसी भी है पर सच तो यह है कि मेरी कलम मेरी सच्ची साथी है....सुख- दुख हर पल उसने मेरा साथ निभाया ....वो बेवफा नहीं तो मैं उससे कैसे बेवफाई करुँ? तो बस मेरी रज़ामंदी मेरी कलम के साथ है और मेरी खड़ूस कलम तैयार है अपना जौहर दो नए चिट्ठों पर दिखाने के लिये ...... इंटरनेट रुपी ब्रह्मांड पर छा जाने के लिये ...... अपनी तेज धार से लोगों के होश उड़ाने के लिये.

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