Portrait of Brahmin

N. R. Sardesai

Portrait of Brahmin




14.5 x 12.2 in. / 36.8 x 31.0 cm.


Watercolour on paper

N. R. Sardesai’s dreamy watercolour paintings originated in his academic training, and his landscapes and portraits formed a visual document of the region then known as the Bombay Presidency. He paints here a gentlemanwho most likely hails from Maharashtra—in his trademark academic realism style. Though the figure seems ordinary, the artist gives him a remarkable assuredness, a demeanour that reveals his wisdom through the stark white hair, the soft features, the occasional wrinkles, and the overall appearance, modest but immediately likeable.

published references

Singh, Kishore, ed., A Visual History of Indian Modern Art, Volume II: Birth of Modernism (New Delhi: DAG, 2015), p. 323

Portrait of Brahmin
Portrait of Brahmin
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