Meera Mukherjee (b.1923)

Born in Kolkata, Meera studied at the art classes run by the Indian Society ofOriental Art. She joined the Delhi polytechnic in 1947 to continue her education.At the end of this she had the opportunity of working under the noted Indonesianpainter Effendi who was living and working at Shantiniketan at the time. In 1953,she went to Germany to study painting. After her return from Germany, she heldher first show in 1960. She has also been actively involved in the research of folkmetal castings and the casting techniques of classical Indian sculptures.Meera drew her inspiration from the common man. Ordinary people doingeveryday things find manifestation in her art. Fishermen, weavers, women stitching- they are all subjects for her work. She is a painter as well as a sculptor. She hasdeveloped her own unique technique for making wax sculptures. Bengali calligraphyoften finds its way into her work. Music and dance are also favorite subjects. Thereare two distinct features that represent the spirit of Meera’s work. The first is thecelebration of humanism and the other is an ardent desire to break away fromroutine and enjoy freedom.

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