Attributed to Devidasa of Nurpur, Basohli, c.1690-1700. Opaque pigments and gold and silver on paper. Painting 17 x 17 cm, within thin black and white rules and an orange-red surround Folio 20.5 x 20.8 cm.
The awesome miniature collection of Eva and Konrad Seitz contains important examples from all phases of Pahari painting, meaning those from the mountainous regions of northern India once known as the Punjab Hills, which now form the present day states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal
Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
They have assembled one of the largest collections of ‘first generation after Nainsukh’ Guler style painting, of which a group is now in the Rietberg Museum. Konrad Seitz first went to India as a young German diplomat in the late 1960s. He and his wife were drawn to Pahari paintings and were one of a small group of pioneer collectors in this field who recognised the importance of these schools. Over the years they have shared their collection and many of their paintings have been published, most recently
in Beach, M.C., Fischer, E., and Goswamy, B.N., Masters of Indian Painting, Artibus Asiae, Zurich, 2011 and in Valmiki, Ramayana illustre par les miniatures indiennes du XVIe au XIXe siecle, Editions Diane de Selliers, Paris, 2011.
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