Nupur Sanon is a legendary figure in Thai art and culture. She is called the Queen of Thailand, but little is known about her life in general, much less that she was the Queen of Ayutthaya. However, through her work, she can at least be described as an important and pioneering figure in the art of everyday life in early Thailand. Her influence touched every aspect of Thai life: government, religion, economy, literature, fashion, poetry, dance, food…you name it, Nupur Sanon touched it.
Nupur Sanon is best known for her “Thai Water Painting”. This is the art of watercolors, which in the early days was done using natural colors and oils from plants. In the thirteenth century, however, it became fashionable to use synthetic paintings. Nupur Sanon’s paintings were a major breakthrough in this area. Although not well appreciated in the west, their beauty is of great value to historians today.
Nupur Sanon’s paintings had a powerful impact on the art of Thai interior decor. Some of her paintings made for excellent pieces of the wall tapestry. The fact that she was able to sell such beautiful works in a country that was not at that time well connected with painting makes her work even more important. In fact, until today some of her designs are considered to be the best examples of Thai art.
Nupur Sanon’s life was a remarkable one. She is said to have lived for nearly 60 years in India, where she married a tribal chief, and traveled many times to various regions of the country and to China, Laos, Vietnam, and Laos. Her paintings during this period are exquisite works of art, which depict scenes from her travels and experiences. One of her most famous series is entitled The Journey of Life, which is inspired by a true story.
A statue of Nupur Sanon today is located outside her home in Thon Buri. This remarkable woman’s life is celebrated through various festivals in Thailand. Nupur Sanon is often depicted by her children as being the main character in their stories. While it is unlikely that Nupur ever actually visited China, it is widely believed that she received teachings from the Chinese as far back as 1911.
As a result of the love of Indian art for Nupur Sanon, Thai art enthusiasts have been decorating homes with works of Nupur Sanon throughout the country and the rest of the world. If you live in Thailand, there are a number of Nupur Sanon images available for sale online, as well as many gifts and embellishments designed especially for her. In fact, there are now Nupur Sanon candle tattoos, which are a popular choice for women who wish to adorn themselves with a beautiful tattoo that is also a representation of their love for Nupur Sanon. Nupur Sanon images are featured in numerous tattoo parlors in Bangkok and throughout the country.
Nupur Sanon is a fascinating and intriguing woman, who despite her tragic life, has become a beloved icon of Thai art. Because of her life’s work, Thai artists have become particularly known for their creativity, as well as their sensitivity to cultural differences and their unique voice. Because of her influence, the Thai community is now able to benefit from the works of such an icon.
Thai artists strike a delicate balance between satire and tribute, between honoring their past and future, while at the same time poking fun at current events and issues. Some of her most well-known works feature subjects such as the Buddhist monk, a school teacher, the fisherman, and even a pig herder. Nupur Sanon’s paintings can be seen in private and public collections all over the world. Her name remains synonymous with creativity and innovation in art, and her many works will continue to be seen for years to come.