I had seen a few Madhubani paintings earlier. But recently I was intrigued to explore about this art and its history after seeing the posts and stories posted by eMithilaHaat. I researched on the subject, content and the characteristics of Mithila painting. One of the most exciting and interesting feature of the art lies in the fact that Madhubani art came into existence because of women and that too centuries ago which is nearly impossible to track. Therefore, it has outstanding characteristics such as decorative, bright colors, ornamentation and geometric patterns. Generally no space is left empty; the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric designs.
I got art education in Russia where students get trained in traditional skills of creating European art. I found lot of peculiar differences between European art forms and traditional Mithila art in many aspects, especially in depicting of space. The spaces in Mithila art has no linear perspective. It is always planar. Madhubani paintings use two dimensional imagery, and the colors used are extracted from plants which has been shown very beautifully in the video done by eMithilaHaat. These paintings have number of decorative elements. Somewhere Mithila paintings seem to be like the carpets that were made in the eastern countries using woolen yarns. This painting as a form of wall art was practiced widely throughout the region; the more recent development of painting on paper and canvas originated among the villages around Madhubani, and it is these latter developments that may correctly be referred to as Madhubani art.
There are many similarities between the kind of art I practice and Madhubani Painting. Both the art forms are known for the prevalent use of bright colors and geometric patterns. I do metaphysical paintings which consists of geometrical shapes depicting overlapping objects and emotions through them. Same is true for Madhubani Paintings. I was amazed to know that there are four styles of this painting: Color Painting, Line Painting, Tattoo Painting and Tantrik Painting. Here is one of my recent art which you can compare with Madhubani art form and find similarities between the two arts.
Do let me know what you feel about Madhubani art. Do you also find similarities in these two art forms? Are you able to deduce anything from the above painting of mine. I would really love to answer your queries about the art I practice or about Mithila Paintings from my little understanding of it.
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Nina Petrovna Valetova born November 19, 1958, is a Russian-American metaphysical realism painter. Nina Valetova was born in Berdyash, Bashkir Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union and graduated as a Specialist from the Faculty of Arts and Graphics of Bashkir State Pedagogical Institute in Ufa. She immigrated to the United States in 1993.