Project DescriptionDescription: Pencil and watercolour on paper, 47 x 67.3 cm. Signed in Hindi and dated 1944 (lower right)
Catalogue note: Narayan Shridhar Bendre is an award-winning Indian artist whose paintings constitute one of the most important bodies of work in modern Indian art. Born in Indore in Central India, he graduated from Agra University in 1933. Bendre is well known for his landscapes and figurative paintings. His works are seen to have blended traditional Indian painting with modes in European modern art, creating a unique style of painting individual to himself, producing notable works such as Thorn (1955, National Award) and The Sunflowers (1955). Along with his contemporaries in Bengal and Gujarat, he also helped to establish one of India's most significant fine arts institution, Lalit Kala Akademi. As such, his influence on Indian painting has been immense. Bendre won a number of major awards over the course of his career, not only as a painter but also for his contribution to the legacy of the arts in India. In 1969, he was awarded the Padma Shri, a high distinction from the government for his achievements as a painter and by the Madhya Pradesh state government its highest cultural award, Kalidas Samman, in 1987. The artist worked and lived in Mumbai until his death in 1992.
Provenance: Acquired from Christie’s, Sale 16048, Lot 269, Invoice no. DB18019447. Private Collection, New Delhi. | Acquired from the above by the present owner
Catalogue no.: 2018P0151-NSB