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Prabhakar Barwe: Cloud and The C...

Prabhakar Barwe studied art at Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay. His fascination with the abstract form, drawn from the style and the concepts of Bauhaus, was reflected in his early watercolors and later works with floating motifs on a transparent surface. Barwe rejected both the British academic tradition-dictated artistic models in Indian figurative art and the Indian miniature form to evolve a universal, abstract visual language that explored inward spaces and transient realities.

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Re-take of ‘Amrita’ by Vivan Sun...

Vivan Sundaram is the grandson of Umrao Singh Sher-Gil and nephew of Amrita Sher-Gill. His montages reinterpret photographs taken by his grandfather by showing the relationship between Amrita Sher-Gil and the people around her and is an exploration of Amrita’s life in India.

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Somnath Hore Etchings

Born in 1921 in Chittagong, undivided India, Somnath Hore studied at the Government Art College in Calcutta. His works represent the turbulent lives at the time of the Bengal Famine of 1943. His pictorial language in his sketches, sculptures and prints is a reaction to one of the major crisis’ that hit Bengal in the 20th century. His etchings represent a time when he moved on from semi representational works to abstract works. The viscosity technique utilizes a combination of relief printmaking and intaglio printmaking methods to create a multicolored print.

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Somnath Hore Erotic Etchings

Somnath Hore’s art practice was western and academic in style. He was interested in humanist themes, and his works often involved the world of painting and printmaking with sculptural, textural prints that resonated with his feelings of anger and pain. His subject matter drew attention to the life of people in Bengal; the impoverished and suffering social class represented the pain caused by the Famine of 1943.

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K.H. Ara Still life

Born in 1914, K. H. Ara, a founder member of the Progressive Artists’ Group, evolved his trademark style, through nudes and still-life paintings. He was a modernist for whom the form and language of art preceded all other social and political motivations. This evolved a certain eclecticism which led him in an exploration of his own style.

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F.N. Souza Head - Ink On Paper

Francis Newton Souza was born in 1924 in Saligao, Goa. Souza was expelled for his behaviour while studying at the Sir J J School of Art in Mumbai. In 1947, he founded the Progressive Artists' Group along with S H Raza, M F Husain and K H Ara, among others. Souza's style created thought-provoking and powerful images.

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Jamini Roy's Alpana - 1930s

Jamini Roy, who was inspired by folk traditions created an Alpana or a floral motif that was considered to be sacred painting in Bengal because it was done on special occasions. The alpana which is usually done with hands and rice paint on the floor was done with tempera on cloth instead. Roy used abstraction, rejected the typical western style of painting with folk line and color. He invented his own style which was inspired by primitivism and with stronger colors, simplification, and pattern.

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Bimal Dasgupta Abstract Landscape

Bimal Dasgupta spent his childhood in Behrampur in Bengal. After completing his art education from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta, and he embarked on a career as a landscape artist. Bimal Dasgupta’s paintings present variations on the theme of petals. He painted landscapes that showed his appreciation for nature and colours. Although he was primarily interested in watercolours; he also experimented with acrylic paint and oil as well. However, his preferred medium remained watercolour after he found out that he was allergic to turpentine. Using an array of realistic images as well as completely abstract forms, Dasgupta used textural changes and bright colour schemes, making his landscapes come alive with shifting shapes and barely visible forms.

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K S Kulkarni "Red Landscape"

After a diploma in Fine Arts specializing in Murals in 1940 and a postgraduate course from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, KS Kulkarni went to Delhi in 1943 to study textile design. In 1945, he quit his job and joined the art department of the Delhi Polytechnic and became a member of Delhi’s All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society. In 1947, he founded two creative spaces: Delhi Shilpi Chakra and Triveni Kala Sangam.

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Ganesh Haloi Transitive Abstraction

Ganesh Haloi, born in 1936 in Jamalpur (now in Bangladesh) moved to Calcutta after the partition. As a result, he had seen the country struggle for its freedom and its own identity. Haloi’s works are known for their composition of space, color, form, and narration.  Each has a different dialogue and tone through these factors.

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Krishen Khanna: Bandwala with Dog

On the canvas, Krishen Khanna's main concern has been with the human condition and its moral predicament. His approach to this came from a search for allegories that lent themselves to pictorial interpretation and irony. One of his most popular themes are the ‘bandwallahs’ whom Khanna encountered when he was driving out of the Garhi studios in New Delhi. They were subjects from daily life were refugees after the partition of 1947. Many people on both sides of the border lost family and homes. At the same time, there were bands playing happy tunes. The Band members were dressed up and were in tatters at the same time. Khanna saw this as a metaphor for life; life has both tragic and happy moments that occur at the same time. 

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Biren De Tantric Abstraction

Known for his Neo-Tantric paintings, Biren De molded an artistic career for himself across five decades, beginning as a portrait painter. The early works were figurative and strongly influenced by Post-Impressionist European painters. He gradually evolved into abstraction and by the sixties had abandoned figuration altogether, developing what became known as his signature ‘Neo-tantric’ style. His tantric style works show symmetrical patterns of geometry, concentric rings, crescents, and orbs. The presence of tantric symbols such as the mandala, phallus, and vagina which represent the masculine and feminine energies of the universe. De’s tantric works often had dark blues and bright reds which were meant to awaken the psyche towards an undivided consciousness.

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Raghu Rai Photographs

Raghu Rai started taking photographs when he was 23 years old. In 1966, he joined the staff at The Statesman in Delhi. Henri Cartier-Bresson nominated Rai to join Magnum Photos in 1977 after seeing his work in an exhibition in Paris. From 1982 until 1992, Rai was the director of photography for India Today. There, he worked on special issues and designs, contributing trailblazing picture essays on social, political and cultural themes, many of which became the talking point of the magazine.

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Jamini Roy: Sculpture Sketch

Jamini Roy’s inspiration of folk art led him to experiment with sculpture along with paintings and sketches even though he had no formal sculpture training. This artwork depicts a preparatory sketch of three sculptures similar to crude dolls from folk art. The viewer can see the block of wood and how Roy has planned on removing sections to make a complete sculpture. While this doll sculpture looks different from the typical doll, it can be considered to be an altered, expressionist version of it. The drawings are works on their own but his sculptures are more than just complements to his drawings. Intrigued by shadows, frontal view, silhouettes and the profile view of the sculpture, Roy uses the sketches to plan out his ideas on paper.

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F N Souza's Noel Chemical

Francis Newton Souza was on modern India’s leaders of art and is known for his organic and complex growth in his works. In 1976, Souza migrated to New York and redefined his style of art. It was there that he developed his style of bold lines and cross-hatchings. Souza was known for his head portraits and also went on to use a chemical alteration and mixed media on posters and magazine covers. The chemical alterations was a method by which he used a chemical solvent on printed paper without destroying the surface. The ‘Souza head’ became one of his signature styles where he depicted a distorted head. Here, we can see Souza’s individuality and style defined and established with a felt pen on Christmas poster which has some chemical alterations.

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Zainul Abedin: Bengal Famine

The Bengal Famine of 1943 -1944 ruined the lives of over three million people undivided India during WWII. The British allowed a diversion of food resources and drained the economy due to wartime industrial production. With the threat of a Japanese attack on Burma, the British carried out a boat denial and scorch plan that resulted in mass starvation. Zainul Abedin, who was born in undivided India witnessed the famine first hand. His sketches were made with his own ink by burning charcoal and used it on cheap, ordinary packing paper. He depicted starving, skeletal figures who were dying on the streets. These works became iconic images and helped Abedin find his way in a realistic approach that focused on human suffering, struggle, and protest.

Read More

Jamini Roy's Village Women

Jamini Roy's rejection of the western academic style of painting led to him being inspired by  Bengali folk paintings. Before he made the complete switch to the pat style paintings, he was depicting village life and folk. This work shows a personal reconstruction of another Indian reality that was often not seen in urban areas. Possibly an attempt to have art that could be accessible to a larger Indian audience, Roy broke away from classical traditions of art. Making his own paints, he experimented with his style and mediums. This work shows his typical hues of blue, yellows, red and browns that he made from local pigments.

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Francis Newton Souza's Goan Village

Born in 1924, Souza is best known for being one of the founding members of the Progressive Artists Group. Francis Newton Souza’s ‘Goan Village’  is an early masterpiece of the Goa born artist.

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Double Sided Ram Kumar : Mazes o...

Ram Kumar was an essential part of the first generation of postcolonial Indian artists.  He was born in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh in 1924 and was a member of the Bombay Progressive Artists Group along with other popular artists like Husain, Raza and Sadanand Bakre.

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Steinway: Concert Grand Model D

Steinway & Sons, was established in 1853 in Manhattan by a German piano builder named Heinrich Engelhard. Steinway has since become well known for producing and inventing new techniques ever since they started the business. Today, they are arguably one of the best piano manufacturers in the world.

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Prabhakar Barwe: Cloud and The C...

Prabhakar Barwe studied art at Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay. His fascination with the abstract form, drawn from the style and the concepts of Bauhaus, was reflected in his early watercolors and later works with floating motifs on a transparent surface. Barwe rejected both the British academic tradition-dictated artistic models in Indian figurative art and the Indian miniature form to evolve a universal, abstract visual language that explored inward spaces and transient realities.

Read More

Re-take of ‘Amrita’ by Vivan Sun...

Vivan Sundaram is the grandson of Umrao Singh Sher-Gil and nephew of Amrita Sher-Gill. His montages reinterpret photographs taken by his grandfather by showing the relationship between Amrita Sher-Gil and the people around her and is an exploration of Amrita’s life in India.

Read More

Somnath Hore Etchings

Born in 1921 in Chittagong, undivided India, Somnath Hore studied at the Government Art College in Calcutta. His works represent the turbulent lives at the time of the Bengal Famine of 1943. His pictorial language in his sketches, sculptures and prints is a reaction to one of the major crisis’ that hit Bengal in the 20th century. His etchings represent a time when he moved on from semi representational works to abstract works. The viscosity technique utilizes a combination of relief printmaking and intaglio printmaking methods to create a multicolored print.

Read More

Somnath Hore Erotic Etchings

Somnath Hore’s art practice was western and academic in style. He was interested in humanist themes, and his works often involved the world of painting and printmaking with sculptural, textural prints that resonated with his feelings of anger and pain. His subject matter drew attention to the life of people in Bengal; the impoverished and suffering social class represented the pain caused by the Famine of 1943.

Read More

K.H. Ara Still life

Born in 1914, K. H. Ara, a founder member of the Progressive Artists’ Group, evolved his trademark style, through nudes and still-life paintings. He was a modernist for whom the form and language of art preceded all other social and political motivations. This evolved a certain eclecticism which led him in an exploration of his own style.

Read More

F.N. Souza Head - Ink On Paper

Francis Newton Souza was born in 1924 in Saligao, Goa. Souza was expelled for his behaviour while studying at the Sir J J School of Art in Mumbai. In 1947, he founded the Progressive Artists' Group along with S H Raza, M F Husain and K H Ara, among others. Souza's style created thought-provoking and powerful images.

Read More

Jamini Roy's Alpana - 1930s

Jamini Roy, who was inspired by folk traditions created an Alpana or a floral motif that was considered to be sacred painting in Bengal because it was done on special occasions. The alpana which is usually done with hands and rice paint on the floor was done with tempera on cloth instead. Roy used abstraction, rejected the typical western style of painting with folk line and color. He invented his own style which was inspired by primitivism and with stronger colors, simplification, and pattern.

Read More

Bimal Dasgupta Abstract Landscape

Bimal Dasgupta spent his childhood in Behrampur in Bengal. After completing his art education from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta, and he embarked on a career as a landscape artist. Bimal Dasgupta’s paintings present variations on the theme of petals. He painted landscapes that showed his appreciation for nature and colours. Although he was primarily interested in watercolours; he also experimented with acrylic paint and oil as well. However, his preferred medium remained watercolour after he found out that he was allergic to turpentine. Using an array of realistic images as well as completely abstract forms, Dasgupta used textural changes and bright colour schemes, making his landscapes come alive with shifting shapes and barely visible forms.

Read More

K S Kulkarni "Red Landscape"

After a diploma in Fine Arts specializing in Murals in 1940 and a postgraduate course from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, KS Kulkarni went to Delhi in 1943 to study textile design. In 1945, he quit his job and joined the art department of the Delhi Polytechnic and became a member of Delhi’s All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society. In 1947, he founded two creative spaces: Delhi Shilpi Chakra and Triveni Kala Sangam.

Read More

Ganesh Haloi Transitive Abstraction

Ganesh Haloi, born in 1936 in Jamalpur (now in Bangladesh) moved to Calcutta after the partition. As a result, he had seen the country struggle for its freedom and its own identity. Haloi’s works are known for their composition of space, color, form, and narration.  Each has a different dialogue and tone through these factors.

Read More

Krishen Khanna: Bandwala with Dog

On the canvas, Krishen Khanna's main concern has been with the human condition and its moral predicament. His approach to this came from a search for allegories that lent themselves to pictorial interpretation and irony. One of his most popular themes are the ‘bandwallahs’ whom Khanna encountered when he was driving out of the Garhi studios in New Delhi. They were subjects from daily life were refugees after the partition of 1947. Many people on both sides of the border lost family and homes. At the same time, there were bands playing happy tunes. The Band members were dressed up and were in tatters at the same time. Khanna saw this as a metaphor for life; life has both tragic and happy moments that occur at the same time. 

Read More

Biren De Tantric Abstraction

Known for his Neo-Tantric paintings, Biren De molded an artistic career for himself across five decades, beginning as a portrait painter. The early works were figurative and strongly influenced by Post-Impressionist European painters. He gradually evolved into abstraction and by the sixties had abandoned figuration altogether, developing what became known as his signature ‘Neo-tantric’ style. His tantric style works show symmetrical patterns of geometry, concentric rings, crescents, and orbs. The presence of tantric symbols such as the mandala, phallus, and vagina which represent the masculine and feminine energies of the universe. De’s tantric works often had dark blues and bright reds which were meant to awaken the psyche towards an undivided consciousness.

Read More

Raghu Rai Photographs

Raghu Rai started taking photographs when he was 23 years old. In 1966, he joined the staff at The Statesman in Delhi. Henri Cartier-Bresson nominated Rai to join Magnum Photos in 1977 after seeing his work in an exhibition in Paris. From 1982 until 1992, Rai was the director of photography for India Today. There, he worked on special issues and designs, contributing trailblazing picture essays on social, political and cultural themes, many of which became the talking point of the magazine.

Read More

Jamini Roy: Sculpture Sketch

Jamini Roy’s inspiration of folk art led him to experiment with sculpture along with paintings and sketches even though he had no formal sculpture training. This artwork depicts a preparatory sketch of three sculptures similar to crude dolls from folk art. The viewer can see the block of wood and how Roy has planned on removing sections to make a complete sculpture. While this doll sculpture looks different from the typical doll, it can be considered to be an altered, expressionist version of it. The drawings are works on their own but his sculptures are more than just complements to his drawings. Intrigued by shadows, frontal view, silhouettes and the profile view of the sculpture, Roy uses the sketches to plan out his ideas on paper.

Read More

F N Souza's Noel Chemical

Francis Newton Souza was on modern India’s leaders of art and is known for his organic and complex growth in his works. In 1976, Souza migrated to New York and redefined his style of art. It was there that he developed his style of bold lines and cross-hatchings. Souza was known for his head portraits and also went on to use a chemical alteration and mixed media on posters and magazine covers. The chemical alterations was a method by which he used a chemical solvent on printed paper without destroying the surface. The ‘Souza head’ became one of his signature styles where he depicted a distorted head. Here, we can see Souza’s individuality and style defined and established with a felt pen on Christmas poster which has some chemical alterations.

Read More

Zainul Abedin: Bengal Famine

The Bengal Famine of 1943 -1944 ruined the lives of over three million people undivided India during WWII. The British allowed a diversion of food resources and drained the economy due to wartime industrial production. With the threat of a Japanese attack on Burma, the British carried out a boat denial and scorch plan that resulted in mass starvation. Zainul Abedin, who was born in undivided India witnessed the famine first hand. His sketches were made with his own ink by burning charcoal and used it on cheap, ordinary packing paper. He depicted starving, skeletal figures who were dying on the streets. These works became iconic images and helped Abedin find his way in a realistic approach that focused on human suffering, struggle, and protest.

Read More

Jamini Roy's Village Women

Jamini Roy's rejection of the western academic style of painting led to him being inspired by  Bengali folk paintings. Before he made the complete switch to the pat style paintings, he was depicting village life and folk. This work shows a personal reconstruction of another Indian reality that was often not seen in urban areas. Possibly an attempt to have art that could be accessible to a larger Indian audience, Roy broke away from classical traditions of art. Making his own paints, he experimented with his style and mediums. This work shows his typical hues of blue, yellows, red and browns that he made from local pigments.

Read More

Francis Newton Souza's Goan Village

Born in 1924, Souza is best known for being one of the founding members of the Progressive Artists Group. Francis Newton Souza’s ‘Goan Village’  is an early masterpiece of the Goa born artist.

Read More

Double Sided Ram Kumar : Mazes o...

Ram Kumar was an essential part of the first generation of postcolonial Indian artists.  He was born in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh in 1924 and was a member of the Bombay Progressive Artists Group along with other popular artists like Husain, Raza and Sadanand Bakre.

Read More

Steinway: Concert Grand Model D

Steinway & Sons, was established in 1853 in Manhattan by a German piano builder named Heinrich Engelhard. Steinway has since become well known for producing and inventing new techniques ever since they started the business. Today, they are arguably one of the best piano manufacturers in the world.

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