1910 - 2001

VishwanathNageshkar was of Goan origin but was born and raised in Kolhapur, Maharashtra in 1910. He completed his Diploma in Art from Sir. J. J. School of Arts, Bombay in 1930. After which he specialized in Frescoes from the same institute in the year 1930. He studied arts at the Ecole National Superienre des Beaux in Paris, France from 1933 to 1935. And later on at the Kunstakademic, Munchen in Germany between 1938 and 1940. He studied in Berlin under Professor A. Strube from 1940 to 1941. He travelled to England after the Second World War in 1945 and worked in London as a Film Architect during the period from 1945 to 1953. He married Edna Henningsen, a German woman in 1947 and went back to Germany with wife in 1953, where he worked as Freelance artist in Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Hamburg and Schleswig. He also worked as a teacher at two technical schools in Schleswig.

Nageshkar’s paintings are an amalgamation of his Indian approach and European sensibilities. His paintings have the customary measure of from, balance and a sense of moment, which were considered the measuring yard of a “superior painting” in Indian traditional art. At the same time, his paintings are often compared to Gauguin’s works for the patches of intense colour which in turn become forms.

Nageshkar has been a recipient of awards like the Governor’s Prize, the Waddington Prize and the Viscount de Pernim’s Prize. He passed away in 2001.