THe colors of royalty - Brandon Mann 

I have gather a collection of the most elegant watercolor paintings that showcase the highest dignities of Indian royalty. I have selected only those pieces that display an array of colors and those individuals that are considered royalty.  This collection only contains those paintings that were created from 1750-1799.  I hope you enjoy.

This watercolor piece depicts the ceremony of Solomon becoming the King of the Three Worlds. He is being escorted by what seems to be angles and other mythological entities, along with a variety of animals. This painting mainly consist of warm colors such as red, orange, and yellow. Also, the balance of complementary color is very evident. For example, the green of the grass and the orange/brown that is throughout the painting. Another great element being used is the texture within the throne and throughout the wings of the angels.
this is a watercolor portrait of the Mughal Empress, Nur Jahan. In the painting, Nur Jahan is covered in jewels and her customary headdress. She is also being depicted as drinking what I believe to be tea. There is a strong use of line work throughout this painting. The most recognizable use of lines are that which are used to create the jewelry Nur Jahan is wearing. The line work allows for each individual section to stand on its own and creates volume amongst them. I personally love the use of color in this painting. Again, drawing attention back to her jewelry, the artist used complementary colors red and green throughout her jewels. This was a very strong strategy to create harmony and bring the painting together.
This is a watercolor painting of one of the brothers of Pandava, Nakula. He is being depicted with a sword and shield on a grass field. Nakula is wear what seems to be a very elaborate wardrobe that is striped with red and white. The artist created a great deal of space around Nakula, using the color yellow. Accompanied by a red boarder, this piece has a very warm feeling. Also, the space that is provided, forces the audience to focus on Nakula as the main focal point of the painting.
In this watercolor painting, Emperor Aurangzeb is kneeling with his companions as a beam of light is cascading down upon him from the heavens. This painting also has a very detailed floral boarder that contains a variety of colors. The light value of the beam that is shining on the Emperor, is a great representation of the illusion of an actual light source. Also, the overlapping lines within the floral boarder gives it a organic feeling, along with the intricate details, this boarder adds a whole new element to the actual painting.
This is a watercolor painting of a prince on a field of grass holding a very small flower. It seems as if he is deep in thought as he stares at this tiny creature of nature. The prince is dressed in a very flamboyant wardrobe with a sword in it's sheath on the prince's side. There is a overwhelming amount of green throughout the background of the painting. This space that is being used, does not add to the depth but yet still gives the filling of being a grassy knoll. This backgrounded is a perfect example of saturation of color. It is very difficult to see the actual flower that the price is holding. This can also be symbolism for a small token of piece amongst a time of war.
We have here a watercolored painting of a prince visiting a holy man. The prince is accompanied by his aid and the holy man with what seems to be an angel. The trees in the background were designed to be smaller to give the illusion of depth along with the fence. The holy man and the prince of the painting are also wearing very contrasting colors, which creates distinction between them. Most of the detailed line work, is within the actual clothing that is present in this piece. All four individuals have their own unique features, that are detailed with fine lines.
This is a watercolor painting of Muhammad Adil II on his throne accompanied with two servant women and in front of a small audience of two men. A great deal of effort went into creating such fine details that are present throughout Muhammad Adil Shah II. The fine line work that exist in the pattern of the garb of Muhammad is incredible. Complementary colors are also very prevalent with the use of red and green. Most of the color focus was designated for Muhammad while the others consist mainly of white with slight color highlights.
In this watercolor painting, it appears that kings are receiving a type of blessing from Jahangir. Jahangir is also perched on top of a hour class that seems to be attended by two angels. There is a great deal of details that is present in this painting. The boarder is filled with a floral arrangement that consists of fine line work that overlay one another. The boarder also has a great deal of saturation in the colors, this balances the flowers together and the painting as a whole. There is a strong repetition of patterns that is prevalent throughout the entire piece. Through shading and lighting, the artist was also able to depict texture very well on the wardrobes of the characters. This is a beautiful use of patterns that keeps your eyes exploring throughout the painting.
This is a watercolor painting of both Raja Shiv Singh and Prince Ram Singh. They appear to be walking through a court yard as Raja aids Prince Ram by holding up his clothing train that flows behind him. Within this painting, the artist shows movement of the characters by the way their feet are being displayed ( one foot up while the other is down). I believe that the artist did a great job of displaying this act of walking. Both individuals have colors that can be seen as cohesive and complementary. The use of dark green through out the grass gives the feeling of texture and not just being a green block that they are walking on. Once again, this painting has a great deal of fine line work that is being used to give details throughout their wardrobe. The red boarder around the painting allows for the audience to focus their attention to the scenery.
This is a watercolor portrait of Prince Raj Singh of Bikaner. The artist was able to capture the texture of Prince Raj's facial hair by using different saturation quality. Leaving a slightly patchy look and curls at he end of hair. Also, the princes hand can be seen at the bottom of the painting, holding on to the boarder, almost breaking down that third wall that separates the audience from the actual painting. Very warm colors (red, yellow, and green) were used throughout this entire peace. Great details from shading and lighting went into his head dress to give it it's texture. The background is very saturated with green, which could represent a grass field of some sort.
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