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Prabhakar Barwe
(1936 - 1995)

Silent Observer



For Barwe, aesthetic production involves "discarding all associations, pre-conceived notions, concepts, and the mind becomes an empty canvas." (p. 57, Dyaneshwar Nadkarni, "Prabhakar Barwe", Indian Painting Today 1981, Jehangir Art Gallery, 1981) In Barwe`s Silent Observer, the floating forms are not manifestations of a premeditated idea, but their curious synergy gestures towards an underlying significance. Inhabiting an...

For Barwe, aesthetic production involves "discarding all associations, pre-conceived notions, concepts, and the mind becomes an empty canvas." (p. 57, Dyaneshwar Nadkarni, "Prabhakar Barwe", Indian Painting Today 1981, Jehangir Art Gallery, 1981) In Barwe`s Silent Observer, the floating forms are not manifestations of a premeditated idea, but their curious synergy gestures towards an underlying significance. Inhabiting an indefinable context, somewhere between abstraction and the representation of a landscape scene, the painting hints at a truth that is not forthcoming in intellectual terms, but is approached through subconscious relations.

Here, colored images float on the surface of the canvas, constructing a surrealistic dreamscape, reminiscent of Yves Tanguey`s works, where indecipherable shapes form unexpected connections with each other. Barwe`s tranquil blue and green motifs are contrasted with the slightly menacing cloud-like formation, which hangs darkly brooding, over the scene. The title, Silent Observer, could be an allusion to this structure`s ominous presence or it could be a reference to the artist himself, who travels "without fear, without sentiment" to "witness the birth of the new image." (Ibid.)



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  Lot 70 of 115  

AUCTION 2004 (MAY)
4-6 MAY 2004

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$18,932
Rs 8,14,068

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ARTWORK DETAILS

Prabhakar Barwe
Silent Observer

Signed in English and Devnagari (reverse)
1983
Enamel on canvas
36 x 42 in (91.4 x 106.7 cm)

Category: Painting
Style: Abstract


 









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