SAILOZ MOOKHERJEA: INDIA'S PIONEER OF MODERN ART
Sailoz’s drawings are an elixir of the essence of line. It shows amply that drawing was central to the artist’s oeuvre, and whether he worked in oil paint, or ink his exploration and representation of form needed very few strokes to convey the patterns of a powerful image true to its creator’s desire, writes Uma Nair.
The onset of winter at Connaught Place is perhaps the best time to walk up to one of Delhi's oldest galleries and breathe in the landscapes, portraits and drawings of the Bengal Master Sailoz Mookherjea. To know that critic Richard Bartholomew considered him one of the four pioneers of modern art in India comes as a heady haunt of history. "In today's disturbed art world, superficiality and confusion rule," opines Mohit Jain Director Dhoomimal Art Centre. "Hype generated by public relations ensures that certain artists from the past who have been deeply committed to their art are hardly talked about or entirely forgotten."