R. B. Bhaskaran



20.7 x 12.5 in. / 52.6 x 31.8 cm.


Woodcut on paper

R. B. Bhaskaran gained proficiency in printmaking during his many travels abroad. In 1970, he took charge of the printmaking department in the Madras School of Art as desired by its principal, S. Dhanapal. During his tenure, Bhaskaran recommissioned old printing presses and re-established a printmaking tradition at the institution based on international standards. In this etching, Bhaskaran combines the traditional neotantric iconography of the yoni with his unique animal symbolism—often crows or cats, and as seen here, an owl.

published references

Sengupta, Paula, The Printed Picture: Four Centuries of Indian Printmaking, Volume I (New Delhi: DAG, 2012), p. 169
Singh, Kishore, ed., A Visual History of Indian Modern Art, Volume VIII: Region and Identity (New Delhi: DAG, 2015), p. 1516

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