ART HISTORY ( 1901 - 1925 )



Ram Gopal VIJAIWARGIYA ( 1905 - 2003 )

Born in Baler in Rajasthan , Vijaiwargiya received his diploma from the Maharaja School of Arts in Jaipur in 1926 . He held his first one-man show in Calcutta in 1933 , followed by others including New Delhi ( 1934 ) , Jaipur (1934 ) , Allahbad ( 1947 ) and again in New Delhi in 1983 . He became Principal of the Rajasthan Kala Maindir in 1945 and Principal of the Rajasthan School of Arts 1961 - 66 and Vice - Chairman of the Rajasthan Lalit Akademi in 1958 - 60 . Vijaiwargiya received an award from the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1958 and the Padma Sri by the Government of India in 1987.



Vasudeo Sitaram ADULKAR ( b.1907 )

Born into a family of goldsmiths,Adulkar recieved his training at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai , followed by a period in England at Westminster Technical College and Royal College of Art , London , from where he recieved his diploma . He also studied printmaking there . He returned to India in 1939 and soon held a solo show in Mumbai . In 1947 he became director of the Sir J.J.School of Art . Among his patrons was the Maharaja of Baroda , for whom he painted many portraits and landscapes.



Zubeida AGHA ( b. 1922 )

Zubeida Agha studied political science at Kinnaird College in Lahore before taking up painting . In 1945 she took lessons in B.C. Sanyal's studio , following western traditions , but it was in 1946under the guidance of Perlingiere , that she became interested in abstract art . Her first exhibition was not well recieved by some critics . In 1950 she enrolled St. Martin's School of Art in London , followed by a period at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris . In 1953 Zubeida returned to Karachi where her Abstract work was more readily accepted than before . Like Amrita Sher Gil , she was aware of the Impressionists and the influences of Matisse , Cezanne and Gaugin are sometimes apparent in her work.



Ramkinkar BAIJ ( 1910 - 1980 )

Born in Jugipada , West Bengal , Ramkinkar was trained at Vishwa Bharti University in Santiniketan 1925-29 . In 1942 , he held his first one man show in New Delhi and subsequently featured in major exhibitions in Calcutta , Delhi , Chennai , Patna and Amritsar , as well as being a regular participant at the Indian Society of Oriental Art , Calcutta . Internationally , he exhibited in Realities Nouvelles , Paris (1950 and 1951) and Asian Art Exhibitions in Tokyo . He was the member of the general Council of Lalit Kala Akademi , Realities Nouvelles , Paris and the Indian Sculptors Association , Bombay . Besides being a sculptor , Ramkinkar especially enjoyed working in watercolour , and these works display his free sense of line and colour .



Narayan Shridhar BENDRE ( 1910 - 1992 )

Bendre was born in 1910 in Indore , Madhya Pradesh and obtained his B.A. from Agra University . between 1936 and 1939 , he worked as a journalist with the Visitors Bureau of the Goverment of Kashmir . In 1940 he moved to Madras to work as an art director for a film company . from 1947 to 1950 , he travelled extensively throughout Europe , Japan , the Middle East and America and on his return to India in 1950 he joined the Faculty of fine arts in Baroda as a reader and later became Dean . He was associated with numerous art groups and was president of the Art Society of India ,Vice President of both the Bombay Art Society and Lalit Kala Academi (1972 - 1977 ) . He was awarded the Padam Sri by the Goverment of India and Kalidas Samman by the Goverment of Madhya Pradesh . He lived in Mumbai where he died in 1992 .



Chittaprosad BHATTACHARYA ( 1915 - 1978 )

Chittaprosad , as he chose to be known , was a self - taught artist , having been refused admission to both the Goverment College of Art and Craft , Calcutta and Kala Bhavan , Santiniketan . He was very versatile in his use of medium , experimenting in oil , watercolour , pastel and printmaking . His sketches of the Bengal Famine of 1943 along with those of Zainul Abedin and Govardhan Ash has considerable impact at the time , conveying the misery of the masses to the more affluent society of the cities . Chittaprosad was a member of the Communist party of India and setteled in Bombay , working with the slum children of the city . In 1948-49 , he left politics and devoted his life to the world Peace Movement . His work was appreciated both nationally and internationally and a film on the artist by Pavel Hobl won a prize from the World Peace Council .



Manishi DEY ( 1906 - 1966 )

Manishi Dey was the younger brother of Mukul Dey , the pioneering print maker and watercolourist , but was an accomplished artist in his own right . He initially specialized with watercolour 'wash' technique and later experimented with other media and styles . He studied under Nandalal Bose and Ababindranath Tagore before going to SriLanka in 1920 and exhibited his work in Colombo . He settled in Banglore and held his first solo show in Calcutta in 1928 , followed by others throughout India . Although best known for his watercolours , Dey also used oil paint and print techniques . His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art , New Delhi , Allahabad Museum , Salajung Museum , Hyderabad , and Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan .



Gajanan Savlaram HALDANKAR( 1912 - 1981 )

G.S.Haldankar had no formal art education but studied under his father S.L.Haldankar , and taught drawing and painting at his father's art school , Haldankar's Fine Art Institute in Mumbai for over sixty years . He won numerous prizes for his work , exhibiting in many prestigious exhibitions in India . Like his father , he enjoyed painting portraits and landscapes using both watercolour and oils . A reserved individual , he shunned publicity and perhaps did not receive the full recognition he deserved .



Kattingeri Krishna HEBBAR ( 1911 - 1996 )

Born in Karnataka , Hebbar trained at the Sir J.J.School of Art , Mumbai and at the Academy Julien and Ecole Estinne , Paris . It was in 1949-50 that he held his first one-man shows in London , Berne and Paris . Apart from solo exhibitions in the major cities in India and internationally in London and New York , Hebbar participated in exhibitions such as Salon de Mai , Paris ( 1951 ) , Venice Biennale ( 1955 ) and Sao Paolo Biennale , Brazil ( 1959 ) . He was honoured with several awards in the course of his long career including the Gold Medal of the Bombay Art Society ( 1947 ) fir his painting To Maidenhood , the Padam Sri ( 1961 ) and the Padam Bhusan ( 1989 ) . His work is included in the national Gallery of Modern Art , New Delhi , and Dresden . The sale is represented by a group of important works in oil and good examples of his pen and ink drawings .



Somnath HORE ( b. 1921 )

Born in Chittagong , Somnath Hore began his career as an illustrator on political topics for newspapers . In 1946 he entered the Goverment School of Art , Calcutta , however his affiliation with the Communist Party cut short his formal training . He continued to draw and to produce his own monochromatic prints until 1954 . He was then invited to join the faculty of the Indian College of Art in delhi , to where he moved to take up a post at the Delhi Polytechnic . He experimentd with various media and techniques and was greatly influenced by Krishna Reddy . He received national awards in 1958 , 1962 and 1968 .



Sudhir Ranjan KHASTGIR ( 1907 - 1974 )

Born in Chittagaon , now in Bangladesh , Sudhir Khastgir recieved his training at Santiniktan under Nandalal Bose . Later he was selected as an art master at Scindia School in Gwalior and from 1933 - 1936 he was head of the Doon School Art School , before leaving for Europe the following year . After four years away he returned again to Doon School . He exhibited extensively in India and was awarded a Padan Shree in 1957 . Khastgir was also a member of the Royal Society of Arts and became Principal of the Goverment Art School in Lucknow in 1956 .



Ram Kumar ( b. 1924 )

Born in Simla , Himanchal Pradesh , Ram Kumar initially studied economics before moving to Paris in 1950 to study under Andre Lhote and Fernand Leger . In 1970 he received a Rockefeller Fellowship and visited USA . He has exhibited widely and his work was included in the Tokyo Biennale ( 1957 , 1959 ) , Venice Biennale ( 1958 ) , Sao Paolo Biennales , Brazil ( 1961 , 1965 , 1980 ) , Festival of India , Japan ( 1988 ) and retrospective exhibitions of his work have been held at the Birla Academy , Calcutta ( 1980 ) , Bharat Bhavan , Bhopal ( 1986 ) and Vadehra Art Gallery , New Delhi ( 1993 ) . His work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art , New Delhi , lalit Kala Academy , New Delhi , the Birla Academy of Fine Art and Culture , Calcutta and the Henry Abrams Collection , New York .



Nirode MAZUMDAR ( 1916 - 1982 )

Mazumdar was born in Calcutta and was a student of Ababindranath Tagore at the Indian Society of Oriental Art and later he went to Academic A. Lhote in Paris in 1946-48 . He had a solo exhibition in Paris in 1949 followed by many others in India and France up until his death in 1982 . His work can be found in the National Gallery of Modern Art , New Delhi , Academy of Fine Arts , Calcutta and the Lalit Kala Academy , New Delhi .



Binode Bihari Mukherjee ( 1904 - 1980 )

Born in Behala , Bengal he studied at Vishwa Bharati University and Kala Bhavan , Snatiniketan , where he was one of the students in 1917 . He was primarily a painter of landscapes and much influenced by the art of the Far East , which he visited in 1936-37 . He also painted a number of murals , and he is best known for his frescos in the Hindi Bhavan , which he painted in 1946-47 . In 1948 he aws curator of the Kathmandu Museum in Nepal , a post he held for two years , before going to Mussorie , where he tried unsuccessfully to start an art centre . He then went to Patna , where in 1957 he lost his sight and returned to Santiniketan the following years . Despite his handicap , he continued to paint through touch and memory of colour till the end of 1970's .



Biswanath MUKHERJI ( 1921 - 1987 )

Born in Uttar Pradesh , he studied at the Goverment College of Art and Craft , Calcutta . He had a passion for the accult and this becomes apparent in much of his work . He held seventeen solo exhibitions between 1947 and 1975 and became Principal of the Goverment College of Fine Arts & Architecture , Hyderabad 1953 - 1959 and Principal of the Delhi College of Art , New Delhi 1967 - 1972 . His work can be found in the National Gallery of Modern Art , New Delhi , Lalit Kala Academy , New Delhi and Hyderabad .



J . Sultan ALI ( 1920 - 1990 )

Sultan Ali originally studied textile design and photograohy . In 1947 he was lecturer for painting at the Goverment College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai , a post he held for one year . from 1954 till 1969 he was the commissioner at the Lalit Kala Academy , New Delhi . He held several one-man show in India and abroad and participated in the Venice Biennale ( 1966 ) , Sao Paolo Biennale , Brazil ( 1967 ) and I , II , III and IV Triennales in New Delhi ( 1969 , 1972 , 1975 , 1978 ) .



Vasudeo SMART ( 1925 - 1999 )

Smart recieved his diploma from Sir J.J.School of Art in Mumbai in 1948 , where he was trained under Jaganath Ahivasi , and then received a scholarship at Benares Hindu Vishvavidhyalaya University , Varanasi 1958 - 1960 . He alsostudied fresco painting at Vansthali Vidhyapith , Rajasthan and copied the wall paintings of various sites for the Department of Human Resources and Culture of the Goverment of India . He received numerous awards for his work throughout India and held many solo exhibitions in India and participated in group exhibitions abroad .



Francis Newton SOUZA ( b. 1924 - 2002)

Born in Portugese Goa , Souza joined the Sir J.J.School of Arts , Mumbai in 1940 . He was a founder member of the Progressive Artists Group , which held it's first exhibition in Mumbai in 1948 . However the following year Souza left India and moved to London . The works he produced in 1950's and 1960's reflect his catholic upbringing in Goa , which had a great influence upon him as a child . He has participated in many international exhibitions , including Art Now in India , London ( 1965 ) , India : Myth and Reality , Museum of Modern Art , Oxford ( 1982 ) , Contemporary Indian Art , Royal Academy , London ( 1982 ) , Modern Indian Paintings , Hirschhorn Museum , washington D.C. ( 1982 ) and Coups de Coeur , Halles de L'lle , Geneva ( 1987 ) .



Shankar Kumar PALSIKAR (1917 - 1984 )

Born in Maharashtra in 1917 , Palsikar studied under N.S.Bendre and later at the Sir J.J.School of Art in Mumbai , from where he graduated in 1947 with first class honours . THis was the beginning of a long association with the college , which was to last until his retirement as Dean in 1975 . In 1950 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Bombay Art Society and in 1982 was bestowed with the Gold Medal and life membership of the Art Academy of Italy for outstanding service in the field s of Art and Art Education .



Prema V. PATHARE ( 1902 - 1997 )

Prema Pathare graduated from Sir J.J.School of Art , Mumbai in 1940 , where she studied under both Gladstone Solomon and Charles Gerard . She also attended Haldankar's Fine Art Institute under S.L.Haldankar . She exhibited in Mumbai and Gwalior and also internationally in Berne , Paris and London . She won numerous prizes including the Gold Medal from the Calcutta Art Society ( 1958 ) , and was a prominent member of the Bombay Art Society , being on the management committee from 1975 until 1985 .



Vinayak Balakrishna PATHARE ( b. 1911 )

Pathare trained under S.L.Haldankar in Mumbai and later under Mertin Latuterburg in Bern and Sir Charles Dugdale in London . He exhibited in Mumbai , Delhi , Calcutta and internationally in Rome , Bern , Paris , Edinberg , London , Muscat and Bangkok . He recieved many awards , including the Gold Medal of the Academy of Fine Arts in Calcutta in 1941 . Pathare was also president of the Bombay Art Society from 1975 to 1984 and chairman of the Artist's Centre , Bombay from 1975 to 1977 .



Syed Haider RAZA ( b. 1922 )

Born in Barbaria , Madhya Pradesh , Raza studied at Nagpur and later at Sir J.J.Schoolof Art , Mumbai . He was a founding member of the Progressive Artists Group in 1948 with Hussain , Souza , Ara and Bakre . In 1950 he won a French Goverment scholarship to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris , to where he moved permanently soon after . Apart from numerous one-man shows , including a retrospective at Musee de Menton , Paris ( 1991 ) , Raza has participated in the Venice Biennale ( 1956 ) , the Menton Biennale ( 1964 - 1976 ) , Rabat Biennale , Morocco ( 1968 ) , Salon de Desin ( 1978 ) , the Royal Academy , London (1982 ) and Salon de Mai , Paris ( 1989 ) amongst many others . His work is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art , New Delhi , the Musee National d'Art Moderne , Paris and the Asia Society , New York .



Pakhla Tirumal REDDY ( b. 1915 )

Born in Annaram , P.T.Reddy recieved his diploma from Sir J.J.School of Art , Mumbai . He held numerous one-man shows in Mumbai , Calcutta , Lucknow , Hyderabad and Delhi . In addition , he participated annually in national exhibitions such as those of the Hyderabad Art Society , Academy of Fine Arts , Cclcutta , All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society , Delhi and the Bombay Art Society . His work can be foun in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art , New Delhi , Salajung Museum , Hyderabad , the Contemporary Art Museum of Andhra Pradesh , Hyderabad and the Lalit Kala Academy , New Delhi . He receivec numerous awards and played an active role in cultural activities , being Vice Chairman of the Lalit Kala Academy .



Prosanto ROY ( 1908 - 1973 )

Born and brought up in Calcutta , Prosanto Roy was greatly influenced by the vibrant life of the city . He was educated at St. Agnes School and then at Pathabhavana in Santiniketan , but the final part of his training in painting was in the Tagore household in Calcutta under Gaganendranath Tagore and the influence of Ababindranamth . He was to be a regular visitor to the tagore house for the next 28 years . He was fascinated by machinery and carpentry and also enjoyed drama and music . At the age of 44 he became curator at Kalabhavan Museum in Santiniketan . During his lifetime , he held one-man exhibitions in Delhi ( 1951-51 ) , Mumbai ( 1955 ) , Gwalior ( 1956 ) , Lucknow ( 1958 ) and Calcutta ( 1971 ) , besides participating in others at home and abroad .



Sushil SEN ( 1909 - 1972 )

Sushil Sen was born on 23rd Feb 1909 in Kalia village in Jessore District in Bengal . In 1928 he was admitted to the Goverment College of Art and Craft , Calcutta where he was later to join as a lecturer and end up as Vice Principal . Whilst he was initially trained in the western style , he was greatly influenced by the work and technique of Ababindranath Tagore . Sen used both oil and watercolour and depicted scenes of Indian life as shown in lots 57-60 . From 1946 - 51 he worked as a lecturer at the Delhi Polytecnic in the Art Department . His work was exhibited both in India and abroad .



Somalal SHAH ( 1905 - 1994 )

Born at Kapadvanj in Gujarat , Shah studied at the Gujarat College in Ahmedabad before joining the Sir J.J.School of Art , Mumbai in 1926 . This was followed by further study at the Indian Society of Oriental Art in Calcutta . He illustrated a book on The Birds of Surashtra & Kutch and received numerous awards during his lifetime . He exhibited regularly in Gujarat , as well as in Mumbai and Delhi and also visited USA in 1977 and 1983 .





Joshi Murlidhar SADASHIV ( b. 1912 )

Her majesty the Queen of England has a few paintings of SHREE JOSHI MURLIDHAR SADASHIV.Joshi Murlidhar Sadashiv born at Binnar, Nasik District, Maharashtra in 1912.He had his primary and secondary education in Nasik, joined Sir J.J School of Arts in 1933.He obtained the diploma in painting in 1936.He passed the Art Masters Examination in 1940and was listed first amongst the successful candidates.While recieving the instructions in Art education he was awarded Merit Scholarship in Murual Painting.Joshi Murlidhar Sadashiv was a founder member of the Model Art Education Society at Dadar, Bombay.He was also the Principal of Model Art Education Societyn from 1960-1973.He held one man's shows at the Jahangir Art Gallery, Bombay 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, also in Taj Art Gallery in 1975 and 1976 to name a few.Joshi Murlidhar Sadashiv has his collections in National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi,Major State Museums in India, Japan, Perth(Australia), Nairobi(Kenya), London(U.K), Moscow, Nagpur Ajibghar Museum, Mysore, Nasik Kala Niketan.







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