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Raja Balwant Singh with the Painter Nainsukh
RVI 1551
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The artist seems to have found no detail too insignificant to be included in his work, be it the knots holding the rolled blinds or the case for the water pipe. Nainsukh was a talented portraitist who developed an unmistakable brushwork technique through his study of naturalistic works produced at the Mughal court. That an artist should have found such direct access to his client and shown him in the most profane everyday situations is rather unusual in Indian painting.

History of the Object
Indian paintings depicting people viewing Indian works are rare, and pictures portraying painters are even more rare. An extensive oeuvre - one of the most outstanding in 18th-century painting - has come down to us from the artist Nainsukh of Guler, shown here standing behind his patron, Balwant Singh of Jasrota.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Gouache with gold on paper 
Measurements
Width 21 cm. Length 30 cm.  
Creator name
Nainsukh 
Creator date
ca. 1710-1778 
Where it was made
Pahari region, Jasrota 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1745-1750 
Function
painting 
Acquisition
Collection R.K. Jalan, Patna (until 1950); Collection Ravi Sikri, Washington D.C (until 1990), Purchased by the Museum in 1990. 
Copyright
Museum Rietberg Zurich Photo: Rainer Wolfsberger 
Acknowledgements
Jorrit Britschgi 
Owner
Museum Rietberg Zurich 
Museum
Museum Rietberg 
Credit line
Museum Rietberg Zurich, Donated by Balthasar and Nanni Reinhart, Barbara and Eberhard Fischer 

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