Khyenri style of painting

Khyenri style of painting

Postby dzoki » Thu May 29, 2014 7:09 pm

There is an updated page on Khyentri style of thangka painting on himalayanart, I found I really like this style. If I had the money I would have a whole set of thangkas painted in this style (that would be a hell lot of thangkas :D), but then I found out it ceased to continue as a tradition. Have there been any attempts to revive this style? I am asking here since, as I understood this style was mainly tied to Sakya school.


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Re: Khyenri style of painting

Postby Malcolm » Thu May 29, 2014 10:42 pm

dzoki wrote:There is an updated page on Khyentri style of thangka painting on himalayanart, I found I really like this style. If I had the money I would have a whole set of thangkas painted in this style (that would be a hell lot of thangkas :D), but then I found out it ceased to continue as a tradition. Have there been any attempts to revive this style? I am asking here since, as I understood this style was mainly tied to Sakya school.


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Well, I think this style continues to dominate Central Tibetan painting.
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Re: Khyenri style of painting

Postby dzoki » Fri May 30, 2014 9:07 am

Malcolm wrote:
dzoki wrote:There is an updated page on Khyentri style of thangka painting on himalayanart, I found I really like this style. If I had the money I would have a whole set of thangkas painted in this style (that would be a hell lot of thangkas :D), but then I found out it ceased to continue as a tradition. Have there been any attempts to revive this style? I am asking here since, as I understood this style was mainly tied to Sakya school.


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Well, I think this style continues to dominate Central Tibetan painting.


I am not sure, I have seen only few thangkas in Menri style, the difference between Khyenri and Menri, that I could see is that Menri is so much more Tibetan while Khyenri still preserves some Indian traits (for example the style of faces of deities, hair, some fine details) which I like much more than Tibetan way of depiction. To me Khyenri is ideal mix of Indian and Tibetan approach, with some mild influence from Chinese style. So I don' t know whether this is preserved in some traditions of Menri (in Sakya for example) even today or not, I would be happy to see some contemporary thangkas done that way.
I also like Nepalese style a lot, though their thangkas (phaubas or whatever they actually call it) tend to be overburdened with detail, at least for me :D
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