21 September 2005
Akbar Padamsee (B. 1928)
Signed and dated lower left: Padamsee 53
Oil on canvas; framed
31¾ x 15¾ in. (80.5 x 39.9 cm.)
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E. de Souza, Akbar Padamsee, Art heritage, New Delhi, 1980. p. 17.
New Delhi, Art Heritage, Akbar Padamsee Retrospective, 1980.
Living and working in Paris during the 1950s, Akbar Padamsee was exposed to the work of Fauvist painter Georges Rouault. Influenced by the heavy use of black outline in Rouault's oeuvre, Padamsee produced a small series of paintings employing this technique.
Representations of Jesus surface frequently in the work of Padamsee. Believing strongly that the conception of "forms without ache are futile", the solitary Jesus perfectly embodies this sense of suffering while preserving a promise of transcendence. In his use of heavily delineated outline, Padamseee turns the rigidly structured painting into a metaphor for the isolation and anguish of Christ. (E. de Souza, Akbar Padamsee Art heritage, New Delhi, 1980)
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