This year marks the birth centenary of the Indian painter Gopal Ghose, credited as being one of the founding members of the Calcutta Group, which was perhaps the first group of modernist painters in India. To commemorate the occasion and celebrate the painter and his works, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in the Capital is currently hosting an exhibition called “Gopal Ghose—A Jubilant Quest for the Chromatic”. Presented in collaboration with the Kolkata-based Akar Prakar Gallery, the exhibition opened on December 22. Now in conjunction with it, NGMA will host a lecture today by the curator of the exhibition, Dr Sanjoy Kumar Mallik, followed by a gallery walk with him tomorrow.
An associate professor in the Department of History of Art at Kala Bhavan of Visva-Bharati University at Shantiniketan, Dr Mallik has worked on several catalogue notes for exhibitions. His essays have appeared in several art history journals and he has contributed modest sections in the publications “Indian Art: An Overview” and “Art and Visual Culture in India: 1857-2007”. One of his major projects have been a comprehensive book on the artistic oeuvre of Chittaprosad, one of India’s most widely recognized political artists of the mid-20th century.
Dr Mallik’s talk on Ghose today, followed by the gallery walk tomorrow, will be an exercise in understanding the paintings of the master, which were often a reflection of his proximity to the communists against the backdrop of the Bengal famine. Characterized by calligraphic lines, water color, tempera, mixed and pastel mediums, Ghose’s paintings exhibited a preference for figuration and he was inspired by classical Chinese and Western Impressionism in his application of color.
The lecture and presentation by Dr Sanjoy Kumar Mallik will be held today at 5pm. The gallery walk with the curator will be held tomorrow, 11am onwards at NGMA, Jaipur House, India Gate, New Delhi.