Mongolian fine art masterpiece ‘Camel Caravan’

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2019-02-20 13:08:16

National News Agency MONTSAME in cooperation with the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery is presenting a series of Mongolian fine art masterpieces. Now, we are presenting the artwork ‘Camel Caravan’ by State Honored Cultural Figure of Mongolia and Painter D.Damdinsuren.

Memorialized as ‘Caravanner’ in Mongolian fine art history, it was painted on canvas with a size of 74x136 cm, using oil paint in 1954. A Mountain covered with snow and camel caravan travelling far are depicted in the painting, reflecting beauty of Mongolian winter season, life of caravanner and characteristics of their works. It also depicts a momentum of young couple riding camel caravan and one can see happiness on the couple’s faces.

The painter drew caravanners’ wear including hats and deels, loaded camel caravan and truck caravan running beyond the camel caravan in detail, which show a tradition of Mongolian transport and modern transportation. Apart from traditional Mongolian painting technique, European painting technique to create depth was used as well.

Back in time, painters were influenced by artistic styles of the Soviet Union and reflected the styles in their works. Thus, painter D.Damdinsuren started creating his artworks combining eastern and western styles, refusing to use inverted perspective method and open composition of traditional painting technique. It was acknowledged in society of that time as progressive and liberal artwork.

One of the founders of Mongolian modern fine arts, Buddhist artist and painter D.Damdinsuren was born in Jargaltkhaan soum of Khentii aimag in 1910. Born and raised in a herder’s family, D.Damdinsuren had acquired skills of creating artworks such as drawing gods, creating balanced divine proportion, making natural paint and fabric hardening for 20 years since he was 10 years old. Researchers believe that the artist reformed Mongolian fine art by combining traditional Mongolian painting and Western painting technique to create depth.


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