Emami Art Hosted NS Bendre : Drawings, Sketches, Watercolours Exhibition


News Desk, News Nation 360 : Emami Art, one of India’s leading contemporary art galleries based in Kolkata is delighted to present NS Bendre: Drawings, Sketches, Watercolours an exhibition that brings together some  40 rarely shown artworks on paper from across the artist's career, revealing the intimate bonding he felt with the world.  The exhibition will be displayed from 13th November to 12th December 2021 on the 5th floor of Emami Art at Kolkata Centre for Creativity. A significant change took place between Bendre's early works and later mature paintings. However, in his drawings and sketches of sites and human figures, like those on display at the exhibition, he maintained persistence and continuity of style throughout his life. As a result, it is often difficult to date his undated work without external references. Resisting the impulse of modernism, he used art to get closer to the object, exploring the magic of mimesis, the sense that the picture has an organic bond with what it is a picture of. This corporeality, according to John Berger, only drawing and no other mediums of art can have. NS Bendre had a long and astonishingly prolific career, exploring the earth, travelling widely and producing a large body of drawings, sketches, and watercolours of the sites and people that make up a significant part of his oeuvre. Much of his unique sensibility, the vernacular charms in colouration and depiction of human figuration in his mature work, was shaped by his rich travel experiences and a life-long habit of drawing from nature. Born in Indore, the capital of princely Indore State, Narayan Shridhar Bendre (1910-1992) studied painting in the State School of Art, excelling in academic realism. A steady winner of medals in the Bombay Art Society's Annual Exhibition, an outstanding event in those days, he was admired for his skills in academic style and the chromatic brilliance of watercolours. Richa Agarwal, CEO of Emami Art said that it gave her great pleasure to present NS Bendre's rarely shown works


on paper from across his long and intensively productive career. Best known as a painter, Bendre had a lifelong habit of drawing from life and nature and produced a large body of drawings, sketches, and watercolours in the academic style, a distinctive part of his oeuvre. The exhibition offers a glimpse of it. Unlike the modernists who abhor realism in art, Bendre strongly preferred it in his drawings. Bendre was also an avid traveller, and his brilliant early watercolours of


various places are the show's attraction. She hoped everyone to come and experience these beautiful works.

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Report : Anustup Kundu