The abstract watercolours capture dreamy landscapes, from trees in full bloom to stony boulders inspired by the ruins of Tughlakabad. The great mountains and forests of lost geological epochs meet on his canvas, where huge floating icebergs make fleeting appearances. Bimal Dasgupta was the master of watercolours.
Nineteen years after his demise, Shobha Bhatia, director of Gallerie Ganesha, is celebrating his work and making an attempt to bring the unsung master of ethereal landscapes into the limelight. “Bimal Dasgupta died in a car crash in 1995 at the age of 78, and one has seldom seen his works since. It is in this context that the upcoming show holds great significance,” says Bhatia.
On view are 20 frames from the early ’90s, the forest greens to the ruins and human figures occupying the foreground occasionally. Though Dasgupta initially picked watercolours because they came cheaper than oils, it was a medium he was to love and cherish. He is reported to have said, “I believe if an artist has mastered one medium, he can work in others as well. I paint only when I am in the mood. The colours are always there in my heart, an unseen power in the background drives me to put them down on canvas.”
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The exhibition at Gallerie Ganesha, E-557,Greater Kailash-II, is on from
August 14 to September 22.