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The reflection of Indian ethos

The reflection of  Indian ethos
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The show features over twenty masterpieces of Dasgupta who had excelled the technique of abstraction to perfection.

Fondly known as Bimal da, Dasgupta was known for his fantasy-inspired, highly introspective landscapes. Shobha Bhatia, Director, Gallerie Ganesha says, ‘An unsung master of ethereal landscapes, Dasgupta’s works have seldom been seen after he died. It is in this context that the upcoming show at Gallerie Ganesha holds great significance.’

Dasgupta began the journey with watercolours as a student of art in Kolkata. He painted landscapes that gave full rein to his penchant for nature and its fanciful shapes and colours, with the ocean being an endless source of fascination. In fact, his first lesson in art was in the form of creating animal motifs with tamarind seeds in Behrampore which shaped him as a landscape artist of the future.

Several of his paintings are surrealistic and abstract in his depiction of the teeming life underwater.

Dasgupta’s abstract paintings are a sublimation of his visual experience, transmitting the power that commands the seas, the sky, the woods, the green grass, or the stark ridges. In each of his works, there is a juxtaposition of the horizontal and the vertical which showcases a consummate artistry over his medium of watercolours. Irrespective of its external identity, the image grows into a harmonious whole.

The most remarkable aspect of his art is that it reflects the true Indian ethos, one strong enough to assimilate tradition and modernity.

Dasgupta felt that the decorative elements of his works or his material success were incidental. Standing before a dreamy mountain scene, one does not look either for the mountain or the monetary value of the piece.

Each painting is like an encounter with an inner reality where there is no action, no pontificating. The only criterion is the ultimate truth.

Earlier in his career as an artist, Dasgupta had also worked in oils and acrylics. He had to give up oils, when he developed an allergy to turpentine and linseed oil. Thereafter, he took up acrylic. But his preferred medium always remained watercolour.

Dasgupta once said, ‘I believe if an artist has mastered one medium, he can work in the others as well. I paint only when I am in the mood. The colours are always there in my heart, an unseen power in the background drives me to put them down on canvas.’

When: 14 August to 22 September
Where: Gallerie Ganesha, E-557, Greater Kailash Il
Timing: 11 am to 7 pm
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