Title Despair
Accession Number acc-no-01398
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil on hardboard
Main Artist Satish Gujral
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1925
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1954
Dimensions 91 cm x 91 cm
Brief Description In the 1960's, many artist's who came out of modernist schools like that of Lahore, were deeply influenced by their interactions with the larger global art scene. Satish Gujral,is one such who owes much to David Siqueiros, a Mexican social realist painter, and his teaching, as well as to an exposure to the Mexican mural tradition. This painting is self- explanatory, but what is more riveting are the expressions of the figures in the painting, which border on the grotesque. Social content dominated his paintings and graphics, and the anguish of a nation - which lost their homes and families during the partition of the country - came out in angry, sweeping gestural brushwork in his paintings.