New Delhi, Apr 17 : The Hubris foundation unveiled a collection of exquisite paintings titled 'Sikhs: an occidental romance' by eminent artists from all over the world.
This rare exhibition depicting the Sikh community in all its glory and grandeur encompasses 80 museum archival replicas of paintings by western artists from the 19th and 20th century. The exhibition showcases beautiful artworks from artists such as Alfred De Dreux , Emily Eden, Rudolf Swoboda, Edwin Lord Weeks, Prince Alexis Soltykoff, August Schoefft, William Carpenter and others.
This wide compilation of artworks is being showcased for the first time in India, at Aifacs Gallery, here between April 13th-18th.
This collection of paintings has been painstakingly put together by The Hubris Foundation who have been collecting works of art from Europe and USA for over 20 years.
Elaborating on the exhibition Gautam Srivastava, Founder, The Hubris Foundation says, 'In my 20 year fascination with occidental artists who painted India and its people, I have often wondered why the Sikhs receive near universal admiration from these magnificent wielders of the paint brush .I believe it comes from, that most beautiful of all intoxicants, Romance. I’m delighted that The Hubris Foundation has been able to compile an exhaustive collection of Sikh paintings by western artists under one roof, for the first time in India'.
The Sikh an occidental romance presents the most comprehensive collection of western Sikh paintings ever assembled.
On display in New Delhi, there are 80 remarkable artworks that includes the portrait of battle hardened Ranjit Singh in reverential tranquility by Emily Eden, Edwin Lord weeks’s iconic painting of the Golden Temple and Rudolf Swoboda's portrait of a Sikh under commission by Queen Victoria.
The exhibition also displays incredible works of art that depict The Anglo Sikh Wars, Viscount Hardinge, the charming cities of Amritsar and Lahore, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and The Princess Bamba Collection.
The Hubris Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that exhibits Western art free of charge to India.The Hubris Foundation attributes this exhibition to Baba Nanak for having founded the Sikh Community. UNI