New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) Art buffs in the capital will get a rare view of the eminence of a 20th-century master from Kolkata as Kumar Gallery is hosting a 17-day exhibition of artist Gopal Ghose, starting from Saturday.
Curated by scholar-columnist Uma Nair, ‘Rustic Resonance’ features 58 paintings of Kolkata-born Ghose, who is celebrated for his modernist approach to art while simultaneously gaining a name as a sculptor, architect as well as tutor in architecture and design other than arts. “Ghose’s works essay all these influences he had as an artist,” said Nair, who has segmented the show into half-a-dozen sections based on sub-plots to the big picture.
The show coincides with the 35th death anniversary of Ghose and 60th year of the gallery at Sunder Nagar.
Vinit Kumar of the host gallery, which is organising its first solo exhibition of the modernist master, says that some of Ghose’s works might look deceptively simple. “As for us, we have taken care to ensure that the paintings are framed with tussar-silk borders in colours that add to their appeal,” he said.
The exhibition, to be held November 14-30, focuses on the 1913-born Ghose’s paintings done across two decades from the early 1950s, which critics hail as the period when the artist’s creativity was at its best. As the title of the exhibition suggests, the artworks primarily showcases Ghose’s take on nature especially his famed rural landscapes.
A travelling artist who had a special fascination for the country’s southern sights as well, Ghose was initially inspired by the Bengal School before he was drawn to the pictorial vocabulary developed by European Expressionists and Impressionists. Ghose had also maintained a fascination for the Chinese masters and their approach to landscape and figurative drawings.