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Imran Qureshi

Virginia Whiles

MOHAMMAD IMRAN QURESHl, Monologue II, 1999, opaque Watercolour on wasli, 17.7 x 29.2 cm.

Historical accuracy was apparently a standard trait of Mughal miniature painting,1 yet what fascinated Mohammad Imran Qureshi most about such work is its spectacular duplicity. He cites the discomfort of the pompous poses held by the various emperors, and the deadpan expressions of soldiers slaughtering each other in battle scenes. Qureshi’s work springs from a fusion of admiration and interrogation of the tradition of miniature painting, particularly of the form promoted as…

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