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British intervention in art education in the 19th century created hierarchies in art practices. Oil paintings rose to the apex. Graphic art made through processes of reproduction and technology-based photography was looked down upon.

A growing printing and publishing trade in Calcutta created a demand for the illustrations and so woodcut prints flourished in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Similarly, in Santiniketan in the 20th century, a vigorous publishing programme of Bengali Primers for children saw the encouragement of the graphic medium. The Santiniketan masters actively experimented with engravings, woodcuts and linocuts. Both at the Government School of Arts at Calcutta and at Kala Bhavana in Santiniketan, printmaking facilities became an important part of art education. Later, the art schools, as displayed by the works at NGMA, at Baroda and Delhi also built up their printing process considerably. Although graphic art initially fulfilled the need of publishing, before long it excited the artists with its potential as a medium. The NGMA has built up a discerning collection of such works.

Haren Das

Angling Hours, Woodcut on paper, 25.8 X 18 cm


Benares, Untitled, Graphics, 113 X 77 cm

Krishna Reddy

Falling Figure, Etching on paper, 44 X 33.5 cm

R M Palaniappan

Drawing on space by H Flight, 22 Mixed Media, 56 X 76cm

Laxma Gaud

Untitled, Etching, 40 X 26.5 cm

Somnath Hore

Untitled, 24 X 24 cm

Lalu Prasad Shaw

From Upward, Lithograph, 40 X 50 cm


Print III, Lithograph on canvas, 77 X 106 cm

Anupam Sud

The Ceremony of Unmasking(triptych), Etching on paper, 65 X 95 cm


A.A. Almelkar

Miniature Painting

Tanjore and Mysore

European Traveller Artists

Company Period

Kalighat Painting

Academic Realism

Bengal School

Amrita Sher-Gil

Jamini Roy

Gaganendranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore


Artists Collectives

Abstraction in Contemporary Indian Art

Art Movements of 1960s

Art Movements in 1970s


Modern Sculptures

Print Making


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