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Uma Nair describes some of India’s finest works that are up at the Modern Indian Art online auction at AstaGuru
By The Pioneer
Sep 07, 2021
4 Pyne’s pastel
Ganesh Pyne and his pastel and crayon works have given the art world a series of dulcet compositions that we can spend hours contemplating. One such work from 1997 is The Flower which goes on sale at Astaguru.
Amid the series of frenzied crosshatches culminating in his lady with the flower, we can spot a lady sitting on a sofa, bejeweled and serene, surrounded by a haze of colour, of inanimate objects, while the lady’s face presents the conventions of portraiture. The artist fills the portrait with a welter of satin soft strokes as he plays with different approaches, until the imagery and narrative are fully realised in the still surface of the pastel on board. The effect is akin to looking at the singular moment of reverie.
Bendre’s beautiful duo
MS University pedagogue, N S Bendre’s beautiful depiction of a pair of youthful lasses is a subject of innocence and charisma. The two portraits of youthful women are rendered with minimum stylisation and a preference for two-dimensionality and flat planar strokes. Bendre’s forte was unaffected simplicity; in one work, he uses bright colours while in the other, he uses pale shades. His deliberate lack of detailing creates a spatial tension and emphasizes his preference for rural serenity. He hints at perspective, placing the female figures in the foreground of the encompassing simple surroundings that form the background of the painting. Mellow moods become the leitmotif.