Jehlum River, Kashmir
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Jehlum River, Kashmir about 1896
Bremner's memoir recalled his trip to Kashmir. He wrote: "Pundits, known as learned men of Kashmir, may be seen at prayer on the banks of the Jhelum, and on the way up the river are numerous pretty little villages. Sopor and Sumbal struck me as being the most picturesque... The capital of Kashmir... is a wonderful picture. Srinagar, known as the 'City of the Sun,' is also spoken of as the 'Venice of the East'". The arrangement of this composition looks to have been inspired by Western aesthetics. A spectacular effect is produced by the tree which dwarfs the small boat and frames the picture. Furthermore, by cleverly cropping the lower edge of the image the viewer cannot trace the rational journey from the foreground to the middle distance.

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Aesthetic

Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy concerned with beauty and taste and their perception in art and nature. The phrase ‘artist's aesthetic’ is used to describe the style of an artist's work overall.

Picturesque

A term applied to certain landscape images and garden or architectural designs. The idea became prominent in the 18th century to describe irregular or rough scenes that were deemed worthy to be painted. This includes subjects such as ruined castles or ramshackle cottages.

Aesthetic, Picturesque

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 129.20
  • Medium Platinum print made by Pradip Malde from collodion glass negative
  • Size 25.20 x 30.20 cm (image size 24.50 x 29.40 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1987