Highlights
  • The Hindus: Baltazard Solvyns in Bengal
  • The Wonder of India
  • Hope For Humanity: A Fundraiser Sale
  • Home is a place: The Interiority in Indian Art
The Hindus: Baltazard Solvyns in Bengal

Among all attempts by foreign artists to present a complete view of India, none is so focused on people as the work of François Baltazard Solvyns (1760-1824), who lived in Calcutta for a decade starting in 1791. While picking up odd jobs, he embarked on an ambitious project to produce a comprehensive survey of ‘the manners, customs, and dresses, of the Hindus’. The first edition contained 250 hand-coloured etchings and was published by Solvyns between 1796 and 1799. Solvyns published a second, enlarged edition of 288 coloured plates in Paris in 1808-12, which was differently arranged in four volumes, with bilingual descriptive text in French and English. Curated by Giles Tillotson, The Hindus: Baltazard Solvyns in Bengal is an exhibition of the complete set of the Paris edition of the artist’s etchings, and presents an encyclopaedic vision of the people and customs of eastern India at the end of the 18th century.

The Wonder of India

The Wonder of India: Explorations Through 19th and 20th Century Art exhibition in DAG’s New York gallery has some stunning surprises in store for you. In addition to all modern favourites—examples from the Bengal School and works by the Progressives—it includes Early Views of India, Company Paintings and Kalighat Pats. Click here to explore the exhibition.

Hope For Humanity: A Fundraiser Sale

We are humbled. DAG’s Hope for Humanity Fundraiser Sale raised Rs 1 crore within 36 hours. We take this moment to thank our patrons for their overwhelming support in helping us raise funds for providing urgent humanitarian aid during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. All proceeds from the sale have been equally divided between the Hemkunt FoundationKhalsa Aid India and Sood Charity Foundation. The week-long sale concluded in 36 hours thanks to your generosity and willingness to support the cause, with 46 artworks sold within the first 5 hours.  We hope our Hope for Humanity Fundraiser Sale becomes a beacon to help overcome the worst exigencies of this pandemic by empowering Covid warriors, saving lives and restoring livelihoods with dignity and grace. 

Home is a place: The Interiority in Indian Art

Home is a Place, curated by Kishore Singh, explores the visual world of the home as a physical space having both an exterior and an interior—with all its magic, hope and memories—in villages and towns. The exhibition covers the complexity of lives within the jurisdiction of the home—women at their toilettes, women painted alone gazing out of the window or gossiping in a group; figures working in their library, engaged in household work, or as parents bathing children; a family posing together or feuding over a game of cards, food or egos; and those fighting tyranny or painted as embracing lovers. Featuring a diverse selection of homescapes, still-life compositions, pastoral lives and bourgeoise preoccupations, the exhibition reflects on how artists have represented personal space, and the lives within these homes, much before the lockdown caused us to evaluate the place that became central to life itself. Click here to view the exhibition.

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Artist in Focus

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Abanindranath Tagore led a movement to decolonize art, drawing on traditions from Persia to Japan to create a national idiom that was rooted in syncretism.

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Artwork of the Month

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G.R. Santosh
Untitled (Shiva-Shakti Series)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
50.2 x 40.0 in.
G. R. Santosh’s study of Shaivism resulted in a bold language of abstraction inspired by tantra.

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Publication of the Month

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The Art of Bengal traces the evolution of art in the region over three centuries, as the notions of art, culture and the identity of the modern nation state were being redefined.

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