Ganesh Pyne (b.1937)
Probably the foremost exponent of the Bengal School of art, Ganesh Pyne’s
signature style shaped from his own experiences of solitude, alienation, pain,
horror and moods of tenderness and serenity comes to surface in each of his
works. The lines are bold, precise, controlled and the drawings that emerge are
potent both in form and content. Stripped of color, they convey an architectonic
quality in the structuring of the images.
He is obsessed with death. He can’t forget his first brush with death, in the
summer of 1946, when communal riots had rocked Kolkata. His family was forced
out of their crumbling mansion. As he roamed around the city, he came across
death in all its stark reality, all around him. No wonder his paintings rarely have
light backgrounds, and blue and black are his favorite colors. Working mostly in
tempera, his paintings are rich in imagery and symbolism.
Initially, Pyne painted watercolors and sketches of misty mornings and wayside
temples, variously influenced as he was by Walt Disney, Abanindranath Tagore, Hals
Rembrandt and Paul Klee. Equally devoted to cinema as he is to painting, Pyne has
also drawn inspirations from movies made by Fellini and Ingmar Bergman.

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