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AKBAR PADAMSEE (B. 1928)
AKBAR PADAMSEE (B. 1928)

Metascape

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AKBAR PADAMSEE (B. 1928)
Metascape
Signed and dated 'PADAMSEE 65' lower left
Oil on canvas
39 x 39 in. (99.2 x 99.2 cm.)

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"For their meditative character counterpointed by sheer poetic intensity, their breadth of vision and the way colors have brilliantly melded only to break out into a controlled crescendo, the Metascapes are outstanding creation." (Ella Datta, 'Akbar Padamsee', Art Heritage 8, New Delhi, 1988-1989, p. 37.)

Padamsee focused on the theme of the Metascape from 1970 onwards. However, this work from 1965 is classified by the artist as one of the earliest Metascapes, as it is similar in its treatment of space and use of color.

Padamsee began to learn Sanskrit in the 1960s, which was responsible for introducing him to several new concepts and images that would become central to his Metascapes. As the term suggests, he is concerned with the mythic or archetypal landscape which is expressed visually by a stringent ordering of timeless elements in a temporal space. He was concerned with depicting reality, "not by describing or naming but by a super imposition of secondary and tertiary semantic planes upon the pictorial sign." (Akbar Padamsee, India: Myth and Reality, Aspects of Modern Indian Art, Oxford, 1982, p. 17.)
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