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Title Gandhari
Accession Number acc-no-12578
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil on Canvas
Main Artist A Ramachandran
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1935
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1979
Dimensions 116 cm x 196 cm
Brief Description A.Ramachandran is one of India's most distinguished and prolific artists who has ceaselessly experimented with visual language for more than four decades. Painter, sculptor, graphic artist, designer and art educationist, Ramachandran has explored diverse mediums and scales, with a dynamic personal vision and distinctive artistic style. Deeply influenced by the prevalent socio-political situation in Kerala, his early works represented oppression, violence, war, social imagery, re-enacting themes of exploitation, oppression, war, human brutality, and political violence. Human figures were dismembered, most of them headless. Several aspects of Indian classical art have been integrated into his art, including compound motifs and imagery, decorative elements along with the exuberance of forms and colours. Ramachandran believes that his monumental painting 'Yayati' was one of the landmarks in his growth as an artist, because it allowed him to incorporate elements of classical proportions and postures in his work. A decorative element much like the murals is observed in many of his paintings. However, in most of his works, the decorative element does not stand out; it is intrinsic, built into his figures' clothes and jewellery as a part of the overall design.