Ramayan - I
Title Ramayan - I
Accession Number acc-no-03544
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil on Canvas
Main Artist M. Reddeppa Naidu
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1932
Period / Year of Work 1977
Dimensions 107 cm x 85 cm
Brief Description The paintings of Reddappa Naidu show a dramatic and intense effect of self-expression. His works carry fresh and soft color tones with fluid and free lines. There is no impact of European experiment on his works. The dilemma of the South Indian tradition vis-à-vis the impact of Western Modernism haunted most southern artists who were thinking of the 'modern' in the Indian context. Interestingly, somewhere in the Sixties, Naidu claimed that his paintings, at some level, ran against his grain. He used palette knife with pastel shades on canvas but he preferred to use oils on canvas that were fine-grained. To make a start he used Indian icons that he saw in all places. He drew abundantly from temples and mythology of India. For about 20 years, he was interested with Indian icons. He extensively painted Vekateshwara and Durga along with Ganesha.