Vasundhara Tewari Broota
Vasundhara Tewari Broota Vasundhara Tewari Broota

Vasundhara Tewari Broota

Vasundhara Tewari Broota

Vasundhara Tewari Broota

b - 1955

Vasundhara Tewari Broota

In Vasundhara Tewari Broota’s practice, the woman is celebrated as a strong force, a ‘subject’ to be understood at a deeper level.

Broota studied English literature from Delhi University, did a year of law studies, and pursued art studies from Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. From using palette knives, rollers, even silver leaf, Broota’s techniques have emerged from an intense creative struggle that she has experienced as an artist.

Broota started painting the nude form in the 1980s, celebrating the feminine force in her art, ensuring that the woman in her work broke away from the shackles of patriarchy, seen as ‘human beings’ who had ‘agency’.

Celebrated as one of India’s finest contemporary figurative artists, Broota has participated in prestigious exhibitions around the world, including ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Tokyo (1984); the first biennale at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (1986); the second biennial of Havana International Exhibition of Contemporary Art (1986); the sixth International Triennale India, New Delhi (1989). In 1987, Broota’s work was selected for the exhibition, ‘Indian Women Artists’ at National Gallery of Modern Arts, Algiers as well as the Festival of India in Russia.

A recipient of several awards, in 1992 she co-directed Shabash Bete with Rameshwar Broota, a film that was screened at Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany. Collected widely, Broota’s works are in public and private collections in India and abroad, including National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Chester and David Herwitz Collection, U.S.A., Masanori Fukuoka Collection, Japan, among others. The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

‘In foregrounding nature rather than culture, she suggests the natural progression of the female state from the girl child to the young woman to the mature post maternal body, that reveals the marks of its exhaustion, even as it becomes a site for resistance’



dag exhibitions

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

DAG, New Delhi, 2021

notable collections

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi

Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh

The Glenbarra Art Museum, Himeji

Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

San Francisco Museum of Modem Art, San Francisco

archival media

The Economic Times

12 February 1994

Business Standard

13 January 2007