Winged creatures of every hue will make their way to Coomaraswamy Hall this fortnight. The birds won’t be in cages, of course, but on lithographs from the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The works are attributed to a number of artists including the well-known English ornithologist John Gould, whose stunning lithographs are also the finest artworks in the exhibition. The first edition prints feature an assortment of birds from across the world including those found in Great Britain, Australia and Asia, which Gould documented from the mid-1800s onwards.
The exhibition, titled Flora & Fauna, features 1,600 lithographs and includes prints of roses by Pierre-Joseph Redouté, plants by Joseph Paxton and William Curtis and butterflies by Vishnu Prasad. The exhibition is the latest in a series of art sales that animal rights group People For Animals has organised for over 15 years. “There is a burgeoning market that doesn’t want to spend crores on collecting art but they would like a chance to own quality art,” said People For Animals co-founder Maneka Gandhi. The works are priced between R1,000 and R28,000 and all proceeds from the sales will go to financing the activities of the organisation. “With every exhibition we try to build a new animal hospital,” Gandhi said.
This is PFA’s second show of lithographs – its 2007 Vintage India exhibition in Delhi featured ethnographic works – and the prints for both were donated by a collector in Delhi who wishes to remain anonymous. “This is not a collection that can be acquired in a day,” Gandhi said. “The collector has acquired the prints over a lifetime.”
By Zeenat Nagree on August 03 2012 4.19am