‘The Romantic Realist : M V Dhurandhar
Retrospective’ at NGMA, Mumbai, 10th
September - 13th, October, 2018.
Provenance : Property from an exclusive collection based in
Mumbai, artwork was acquired by the present
owner from the artist’s estate.
Height of the figure - 6ft
Mahadev Vishwanath Dhurandhar was born on the 18th of March, 1867, in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. A renowned painter and a postcard artist, his acclaimed style earned him a spot in the limelight during the British rule in India. He did his schooling in Rajaram High School in Kolhapur. He studied under John Griffiths (Artist) and enrolled with J.J. School of Art, Bombay for his formal training. M. V. Dhurandhar taught art at J. J. School of Art from 1896. In 1910, he gained the position of the Head Master and from 1918-31 he was appointed as the Inspector of Drawing and Craft. He was the Vice-Principal for two years and then retired. The depiction of women in their daily life, his awe for the city of Bombay, the intensity of Hindu mythology and Omar Khayyam were some of his areas of intrigue. Most of his works of art were converted into Lithograph prints. He also designed post cards and provided eminent illustrations for S. M. Edward’s By-Ways of Bombay (1912) and C. A. Kincaid's Deccan Nursery Tales. His love for Hindu Mythology urged his creativity to form religious illustrations which were later published by Ravi Varma Press. Dhurandhar’s art aimed to promote Indian Contemporary art. The artists’ autobiography was written by him depicting the years he spent at the J.J School of art. He died on the 1st of June, 1944.