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Taj Mahal, Agra India

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Acrylic on canvas   102 X 76 cm / 40 X 30 inches

The Taj Mahal is memorial architecture on a grand scale. This Islamic masterpiece took 20,000 artisans twenty years to construct in the mid 1600's. It's estimated that those 400,000 man years would cost the equivalent of USD $1 billion today.

Conceived as a mausoleum for a Mughal emperor to house the tomb of a wife, he is also entombed within it.

The structure is highly ornate being constructed from carved ivory-white marble. As one of the world's "seven wonders", it's a must for inclusion in my Worldscape Collection. 

But I paint in a naïve impressionistic style rooted in 20th century modernism. White-on-white detailed realism isn't what I paint.

I deliberately seek out subjects that challenge me to find my own interpretations. In this case, I filled the sections of the minarets with mini abstracts, while respecting the balance and flow of the original conception.

In the early stages of this work, I put it aside as I didn't think it would work. I instead started again and painted a completely different interpretation that you can find here.

But after painting a few more of the works in this collection, I realized how to approach it and returned to complete it.

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