Fairytales of Purvapalli

K. G. Subramanyan1986/1987

National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art

K.G Subramanyan has been active for more than 65 years, alive and very contemporary. He remains one of India’s most engaging and influential artists.

At Santiniketan he learnt from masters such as Benodebehari Mukherjee, Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij to perceive art in a new light; a response to social and personal needs for communication and expression, and to seek a perspective on art that has a cultural rather than a professional horizon.

During the 70’s Subramanyan re-articulated the age old techniques of terracotta and his retake on the popular genre of glass painting.

’Fairytales of Purvapalli’, adapts the traditional manner of story -telling where several stories take place simultaneously in different areas of the picture plane. The foreground shows a couple sitting with a rather contemplative air, however, the painting enunciates the memories of another couple in an interior space, while a goat chops flowers in a garden outside and many other things happen all around.

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  • Title: Fairytales of Purvapalli
  • Creator: K.G. Subramanyan
  • Date Created: 1986/1987
  • Physical Dimensions: w610 x h840 cm (Without frame)
  • Type: Water and oil on acrylic sheet
  • Rights: National Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Modern Art