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A Hundred Paintings From Bengal

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Panchugopal Dutta (b. 2 August 1939, Mymensingh, Bangladesh) is an important painter and sculptor from the Bengal School of Art. He received Commercial Art training from Fulia Polytechnic (Nadia, West Bengal, India) in "1958". Following that, he received his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship in 1966. A pupil of Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Panchugopal Dutta is known for his \"Bengali style\" of painting. He became the principal instructor of fine arts department at the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith located in Purulia, West Bengal, India where he served for well over three decades. His classic works include scenes from folk life in India, gods and goddesses, mendicants, women and of various human conditions. His work is deeply inspired by the life and works of swami vivekananda, ramakrishna paramhansa, chaitanya mahaprabhu and the like. His works are displayed on museum walls along with the works of stalwarts like Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Kshama Gupta, Nandalal Basu, Ashit Kumar Halder, Sunayani Devi, Chitraniva Choudhury and the like. His works are often characterized by their geometrical complexity, symmetry and symbolism.

 
1/150. The Undefeated  (1987)   by Panchugopal Dutta | 147 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch


The Undefeated (Aparajita) is a 1987 painting by Panchugopal Dutta depicting the victory of the Indian goddess Durga over the demon Mahisasur (meaning a demon in the form of a buffalo). Goddess Durga (Hindustani pronunciation: [ˈd̪uːrɡaː]; Sanskrit: दुर्गा), meaning "the inaccessible" or "the invincible"; durga) is the most popular incarnation of Devi and one of the main forms of the Goddess Shakti in the Hindu pantheon. This is a 3 ft x 2 ft water color on canvas painting, stretched and framed. Currently at the artist's personal collection. This painting was exhibited for the first time at the Indian Academy of Fine Arts in the 1980s.

The Undefeated
 
2/150. Dusk by Panchugopal Dutta | 119 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch


Dusk draws in on an autumn evening. A crescent moon adorns the silent sky that reflects the red hue of the landscape below. A bird sits on a treetop as a north star shines above. The trees are adorned with golden yellow dry leaves that perhaps rustle in the evening breeze. It is a study of a common yet contemplative moment of a day. The dusk of a day is significant in the same scale as the dusk of ones mortal existence.

Dusk
 
3/150. Baul by Panchugopal Dutta | 169 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch


[Source - Wikipedia] The Baul (Bengali: বাউল) are a group of mystic minstrels from Bengal which includes Indian State of West Bengal and the country of Bangladesh. Bauls constitute both a syncretic religious sect and a musical tradition. Bauls are a very heterogeneous group, with many sects, but their membership mainly consists of Vaishnava Hindus and Sufi Muslims. They can often be identified by their distinctive clothes and musical instruments. Not much is known of their origin. Lalon Fokir is regarded as the most important poet-practitioner of the Baul tradition. Baul music had a great influence on Rabindranath Tagore's poetry and on his music (Rabindra Sangeet).

Baul
 
4/150. Evening Prayers by Panchugopal Dutta | 156 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch


A woman carries flowers and water as offerings to the local shrine. The rural setting of country side Bengal is evident in the mud thatched huts with hay straw roofs.

Evening Prayers
 
5/150. Valmiki's Verse by Panchugopal Dutta | 164 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch


[Source - Wiki] Vālmīki was going to the river Ganges for his daily ablutions. A disciple by the name Bharadvāja was carrying his clothes. On the way, they came across the Tamasa Stream. Looking at the stream, Vālmīki said to his disciple, "Look, how clear is this water, like the mind of a good man! I will bathe here today." When he was looking for a suitable place to step into the stream, he saw a crane couple mating. Vālmīki felt very pleased on seeing the happy birds. Suddenly, hit by an arrow, the male bird died on the spot. Filled by sorrow, its mate screamed in agony and died of shock. Vālmīki's heart melted at this pitiful sight. He looked around to find out who had shot the bird. He saw a hunter with a bow and arrows, nearby. Vālmīki became very angry. His lips opened and he cried out, mā niṣāda pratiṣṭhāṁ tvamagamaḥ śāśvatīḥ samāḥ yat krauńcamithunādekam avadhīḥ kāmamohitam You will find no rest for the long years of Eternity For you killed a bird in love and unsuspecting

Valmiki
 
6/150. Ganesha  (1964)   by Panchugopal Dutta | 153 views
Painting - Watercolor on Poster Paper , 9 inch x 14.2 inch


This painting of Ganesha is a medium size painting of dimensions 23 cm x 36 cm. It is a watercolor on drawing sheet work and depicts Lord Ganesha in the form of 'Siddhidata', the granter of wishes. Per Wikipedia "Ganesha, also spelled Ganesa, also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations. Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India".

Ganesha
 
7/150. The Pilgrims  (1981)   by Panchugopal Dutta | 131 views
Painting - Watercolor on Mount Board , 20.5 inch x 12.5 inch


'The Pilgrims' (1981) is a watercolor on mount board work that is currently in the private collection of the artist. The medium sized artwork measures 52 cm x 32 cm (unframed) and 57.5 cm x 40.5 cm (framed). During the rainy season of 'Shraban' in Bengal, particularly in the district of Purulia, pilgrims carry flowers and water to Deoghar (Baidyanath) where they place their offerings at the feet of lord Shiva wishing good health, peace and prosperity. The water carried in the pots are used to bathe the Lord's idol. The painting captures in detail the motion of the pilgrims, the musical instruments, the floral decor and the denseness of forests during the rainy season. The pilgrims are seen carrying pots filled with water from the Ganges. The one in the center is seen blowing the conch shell. Locally, this event is called 'Bholey Baba Par Karega' meaning 'The Lord Shiva will carry us through'. The painting is in excellent condition.

The Pilgrims
 
8/150. Sri Jagannath by Panchugopal Dutta | 150 views
Painting - , 19.5 inch x 14 inch


'Sri Jagannath' is a watercolor on canvas painting by Panchugopal Dutta. Jagannath (or Jagannatha) meaning "Lord of the Universe", is a deity worshipped primarily by Hindu people, mainly in the Indian states of Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Manipur and Tripura and by Hindus in Bangladesh. Jagannath is considered a form of Vishnu or his avatar Krishna by the Hindus. Jagannath is worshipped as part of a triad on the "Ratnavedi" (jewelled platform) along with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra by his devotees. This is a 35 cm x 49.5 cm in dimensions and captures many of the symbolisms associated with the Hindu god. Lord shiva in blue form stands on the lower left adorned by Naga the king of the snakes. Below lord shiva, we see the pilgrims. On the bottom right stands Brahma, the Hindu God of creation. Below Brahma, we see pilgrims again. On the lower middle of the painting, we see the bird 'Garuda' which is the official mount for Jagannath. On the top, we see Kadam flowers (Neolamarckia cadamba) adorning the frame of a blue star studded sky. Lotus, fish and water on the bottom of the painting is symbolic of new life, peace and creation.

Sri Jagannath
 
9/150. Despair  (1987)   by Panchugopal Dutta | 124 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas on Masonite Board , 23.8 inch x 18.90 inch


Despair is a 1987 painting by the famous Indian artist, Panchugopal Dutta. It depicts the despair of five men about to be engulfed in an unexpected deluge of flood water. It is a watercolor on canvas on masonite board work that measures 60.5 cm x 48 cm and has a light coating to prevent damage from exposure to moisture and light.

Despair
 
10/150. The Grass Cutters  (1978)   by Panchugopal Dutta | 129 views
Painting - Watercolor on Markin Cloth , 36 inch x 24 inch


'The Grass Cutters' is a 1978 painting by the famous Indian painter Panchugopal Dutta. Often in villages in India, and particularly in Bengal, women return to the fields to cut grains or grass after a mid day meal. This is a 3 ft x 2 ft watercolor painting on markin cloth. The painting is stretched and framed.

The Grass Cutters







concluding remarks

Although noted as one of the stalwarts, Panchugopal Dutta has lived a self effacing life, staying out of the spotlight and attention. In 2009, when funds were required for his hospitalization, a vast collection of his paintings spanning four decades was discovered in his residence which were never sold or commercialized. At the initiative of some of his students, this collection was for the first time cataloged and made available for people to see and collect. If you are interested in collecting any of the paintings, please contact the artist directly or write to us at support@pastelspace.com Also note that the prices shown are suggested prices only. Discounts, Shipping Adjustments and Returns are available.

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