Ganesh Pyne
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Ganesh Pyne

Ganesh Pyne

Ganesh Pyne

1937 - 2013

Ganesh Pyne

Born in 1937 in Calcutta, Ganesh Pyne lost his father before his teens and personally witnessed the horrors of Partition.

The social violence and despair of the 1940s and the tumultuous political events of the 1970s had a deep impact on his psyche and work. Coupled with the influence of his grandmother’s stories, Pyne developed an individual style of poetic surrealism woven around mythology and Bengali folklore.

Exploring the deep recesses of his imagination, Pyne created uncanny images of disquieting creatures that inhabited a world beyond the familiar. The distortion and exaggeration of facial features that he achieved in his works owed to his training as a draughtsman and animator at Mandar Studios in Calcutta, run by filmmaker Mandar Mullick, who invited Disney animators such as Claire Weeks to train artists.

An admirer of Abanindranath Tagore in his early years, Pyne successfully achieved a translucent effect in his tempera paintings. His great skill lay in dramatic rendering of light and shade—the effect of a trapped, eerie light in small, dense works created an air of mystery.

In the 1970s, during one of his most productive phases, M. F. Husain described him as the best painter of the country to a news magazine. Pyne received the Gagan-Abani Puraskar of the Visva-Bharati University in 1997, a D.Litt. from Kalyani University, and the Kalyani and Abanindra Purashkar from the West Bengal Government in 2004. He passed away in Kolkata on 12 March 2013.

‘The term drawing in art usually signifies the primary stage in the process of making a complete work. My drawings are, however, complete works’



dag exhibitions

The ‘Manifestations’ series of 20th Century Indian Art, Editions V, VIII, X, XI

DAG, New Delhi, 2011-14

‘Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 19th and 20th Century Modern Art’

DAG, New Delhi, Mumbai, 2014

‘India Modern: Narratives from 20th Century Indian Art’

DAG, New Delhi, Mumbai, New York, 2015

‘The Fifties Show’

DAG, New Delhi, 2020

‘Ways of Seeing: Women Artists | Women as Muse’

DAG, New Delhi, 2021

notable collections

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore

The Alkazi Collection, New Delhi

Madhavan Nayar Centre For Visual Arts, Kochi

Masonori Fukuoka & Glenbarra Art Museum, Himeji

archival media

The Times of India

15 April 2001

The Indian Express

14 March 2013

The Telegraph

23 September 1994

The Illustrated Weekly of India

29 April - 5 May 1990

Business Standard

16 March 2013