Go To Home Page

Evolution of Thanjavur Paintings

Thanjavur paintings are a significant part of from Indian art and culture, named after its place of origin called Thanjavur in South India. It dates back to the 16th century during the Nayak and the Maratha reign.

Thanjavur Painting Lady with Fruit Plate Shop For This Thanjavur Painting Lady with Fruit Plate - Click Here

Exceptional characteristics of Thanjavur Paintings

  • Rich and intense colours
  • Iconic Jewellery details
  • Dreamy iconic masterpieces
  • Use of gold foils
  • Dense gesso craft
  • Glass beads inlay
  • Use of rare gems
  • Panel paintings on wood
  • Commonly portray religious texts from books and stories

Thanjavur Painting Yasodha Krishna Shop for this Thanjavur Painting Yasodha Krishna - Click Here

However, with time, the art of Thanjavur painting has also evolved and few of the common practices have also changed. We will discuss the changes that this art has experienced over the years. The ingredients of an authentic painting have transformed in current times as per the availability, price, and artists interests.

Major Changes noticed during the evolution of this art –

  • The base of the paintings – Presently ply boards are been used commonly instead of the original base from the jackfruit tree
  • Colours – Chemical paints are used frequently as opposed to the natural colours made by the artists in previous times.
  • Paintings nowadays cover all kinds of subjects. Earlier, the themes used to be divine figures, deities etc.
  • Use of rare and precious gems and stones has been replaced by semi-precious gems

Thanjavur paintings are still in style and inspire many modern-day artists. Tanjore or Thanjavur paintings are popular handicraft item in the markets around the galleries across the globe and make the best souvenirs. This art gives a new look to the house with its radiant work. These paintings have stood the test of times and bounced back to create their place across every households and professional venue.

Shop for this Thanjavur Painting Mirror - Click Here Shop for this Thanjavur Painting Mirror - Click Here

At Poompuhar we understand the value of a genuine art and try to offer our customers the best options. You can visit our online store for more options and deals.

Leave a Reply