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Significant Indian Paintings Significant Indian Paintings JATIN DAS (B. 1941)
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Acquired directly from the artist
Private Collection, Aurangabad
Private Collection, Delhi
"Human predicament is my basic concern. I draw, paint and etch the human body, without any narrative, devoid of placement of time. The figures in my works do their own thing"
Jatin Das, renowned for his paintings and drawings, mainly focuses on the relationship between man and woman in varying moments of emotional and physical contact. Emphasizing on the inherent energy stored within all the elements of nature, the apparent simplicity and the hidden complexity of relationships seem to be the underlying character of his dynamic human figures. The immediacy and momentary phase of the theme is retained by quick brushstrokes and the contrasting colour planes, which enhances the linear quality of the composition.
Das has to his credit over 50 solo exhibitions in India and abroad and has participated in numerous national and international shows and artist camps. It was in the 1960s and 70s that his paintings of nude or 'bare figure' forms were widely appreciated and brought him international acclaim. The Paris Biennale, France (1971), the Venice Biennale, Italy (1978) and the Documenta in Kessel, Germany (1975), to name a few, were some of the important events during the early stages of his professional career. He lives and works in New Delhi.