Rajput Paintings from the Ludwig Habighorst Collection
For Asia Week New York, we are pleased to present this selection of fine Rajasthani paintings accompanied by a small group of important Pahari works. All are from the Ludwig Habighorst collection, following on from our first exhibition drawing on this remarkable group in the autumn of last year.
Collecting Indian painting, a lifelong journey and passion for Habighorst, has been not solely an academic exercise but a pursuit engaging the imagination and the senses. This can be seen in the quality and character of the work. J.P. Losty writes incisively in his illuminating introduction about Rajput painting being a conceptual art originating in a formalised style, rather than one aiming towards naturalism, as in Mughal painting. These miniatures nonetheless evoke compelling and recognisable human drama. Scenes of lavish and detailed court entertainment are juxtaposed with the pain of pining for an absent lover, the aftermath of infidelity, and illicit midnight assignations.
We would like to thank J.P. Losty for his indispensable research and his authoritative essay on Rajasthani painting, and Misha Anikst as ever for his inventive and attractive design.