21.7 x 29.7 in. / 55.1 x 75.4 cm.
Oil on canvas
Calcutta has been the birth place, the city of karma, and the muse of many modern Indian artists but Misra’s rendition of the city he made home is unique. By the time this oil was made, Calcutta had abdicated its position as the top city of the subcontinent, and was veering towards the bloody Naxal movement. However, Misra’s Calcutta is a cubist nightscape of all things that make it a throbbing entity—the Hooghly river with a bright moon shining on it, colonial architecture, the dense residential neighbourhoods, and an unparalleled cultural richness.
Singh, Kishore, ed., Indian Abstracts: An Absence of Form (New Delhi: DAG, 2014), p. 257
|Art Artist Names Single||Hemanta Misra|