Any two dimensional art work consists of two
basic elements, form and colour.
art and the thoughts of artists revolve around this two basic
premises. In post-industrial Europe, there had taken place a lot of
experimentation in this two aspects. While artists like Picasso have
concentrated only on forms, artists like Matisse and Renoir and Van
Gogh dealt in the exhuberance of colours. A parallel to the
situation can also be drawn in the context of art of Bengal. When
Abanindranath Tagore and other artists of
the Bengal School apealed for an Indian form of art, they drew
inspiration from formatically spatial art of the tribes or the
asymetric and two dimensional ink-drawings of the Japanese.
Gagnendranath Tagore and
on the other hand gave due
importance to colours.
Distortion of forms
in paintings of Jogen Cahudhuri (above) and Paritosh Sen (below).
There had been a time when artists tried to develop their own ways
of distorting reality in their specific forms. the most successful
among them are probably artists like Jogen Chaudhuri, Lalu Shaw, and
In the post
independence period, we see a lot of experimentation in forms.
Jogen Chaudhuri's malleable bodies,
Ganesh Pynes' slight distortions,
's semi-cubist forms are
all examples of formatic experimentations, but somehow the use
of colours was given very little prominence during this period.
liberalization phase, we are now seeing new
experimentations in colour-schemes.
Pseudorealism is the product of this new wave
of experimentation where colours are given primacy and chosen in
such a fashion that they create a
without imitating the
colours of the nature.