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"For a long time, I have been looking out for a form that would take care of the history of visual experiences of people, be evocative of historical experiences and, at the same time, help me carry on with my social criticism."

Hailing from the state of West Bengal, Dharamanarayan Dasgupta studied at Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan. During the course of his search for a form that would adequately express his sentiments, he...

Hailing from the state of West Bengal, Dharamanarayan Dasgupta studied at Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan. During the course of his search for a form that would adequately express his sentiments, he flirted with art styles that flourished as offshoots of traditional Indian art, mingled with Western ideals that were the trademark of the 19th century. His paintings also contained remnants of the 'babu' culture, a legacy from British India. Soon he cleverly blended all these cultures with his own inimitable style, and succeeded in achieving a distinctive look in his paintings.

Bizarre images crowd his canvasses and form an integral part of his art: images that float in the air, survey the world with their legs pointing skyward, distorted beyond recognition. He explains, "If some of the figures in my paintings are seen suspended in the air and others, upside down, it is so because I am trying to present the predicament of a middle-class man, who does not have a secure foot-hold in our society, who has to make compromises, face disappointments and whose dreams and aspirations are invariably turned down."

Dasgupta's canvases mirror society's disparities and the injustices and the cruelties that exist within it. "For the ordinary man, life is fraught with peril, and it is this predicament of the bourgeois that attracts me and prompts me to pick up my brush to bring them to the surface."
Dharmanarayan Dasgupta lived and worked in Kolkata till he passed away in 1997.



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$3,916
Rs 2,89,760




ARTWORK DETAILS

Dharamanarayan Dasgupta
Kurta Series
Signed and dated in Bengali (lower right)
1981
Tempera on canvas
27 x 21 in (68.6 x 53.3 cm)

This work has been generously donated by
Amrita Jhaveri.
100% of the sale proceeds will be donated to listed NGOs.

This work will be shipped unframed

EXHIBITED
Dharmananrayan Dasgupta, 1939-1997: Representing the Bengali Modern, Mumbai: Jehangir Art Gallery, 13 - 19 July 2000

PUBLISHED
Sandip Sarkar and Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Dharmanarayan Dasgupta, 1939-1997: Representing the Bengali Modern, Calcutta: Galerie 88, 2000, p. 44 (illustrated)
Amrita Jhaveri and Priya Jhaveri (ed.) A Guide to 101 Indian Contemporary Artists, Mumbai: India Book House, 2005, p. 92 (illustrated)

Category: Painting
Style: Landscape


 









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