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HIMALAYAS AND THE ART OF BIRESWAR SEN

Exhibition on works of Bireswar Sen
Curated by Prof. B.N. Goswamy
Organised by Anant Art Gallery
19 February 2010 - 28 February 2010
At Triveni Kala Sangam, 205 Tansen Marg, New Delhi-110001, India
Anant Art Gallery invitation
The arts of Bireswar Sen (1897-1974), even though born of the same stirrings that were being felt in Bengal in the early years of the last century, is in a class of its own. Over the years, this distinguished disciple of Abanindranath Tagore charted a path of his own, as if "hearing a different drummer". There is quietude in his work, and a sense of contemplative stillness. Bireswar Sen was greatly drawn to the mountains, painting the Himalayas again and again. But for all the sweep and the majesty of the mountains that he so loved, he painted them on a small, almost miniscule scale, the average size of most of his studies no larger than a postcard. But in his works there is no absence of grandeur, no loss of stateliness. One does not in fact even notice the smallness of the scale, for as one gazes at them, one keeps moving inside each work, crossing icy peaks, exploring caverns, taking in vistas of sky and earth. And, above all, feeling a higher presence that now reveals itself, and now disappears. One is compelled to go quiet, and to think.
--- Prof. B.N. Goswamy
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