Untitled (Woman and Ganesha)

Untitled (Woman and Ganesha)
signed and dated in Hindi (lower right)
oil on canvas
58 3/8 x 35½ in. (148.3 x 90.2 cm.)
Painted circa late 1980s or early 1990s

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"[Bendre] shuns obsession, any scientific or psychological dogma. He has no message. It is not his business to preach. He only wishes to share with you the joys the world has in store." (R. Chatterji, Bendre: The Painter and the Person, 1990, p. 61)

Bendre was interested in the depiction of joy and the charms of rural India. With great sensitivity, he painted women in comfortable rural settings engaged in social activities and domestic tasks. In the 1970s and 1980s, Bendre began experimenting with his own version of Pointillism, where the image is created with the use of pixel like dots and small horizontal brushstrokes, and emphasis is placed on recording the artist's overall impression and the emotions of a scene. "[...] for me, the creative process begins with the blank canvas, by the dabbing of paint on it, the aim being to catch the overall impact of the total image conceived." (R. Chatterji, Bedre: The Painter and the Person, Singapore, 1990, p. 63)

Bendre received the Padmabhushan, India's highest civilian honor for artistic excellence in 1991 shortly after executing this painting.

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