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Title Bathers
Accession Number acc-no-14327
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil on Canvas
Main Artist P.T. Reddy
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1915 - 1996
Country India
Dimensions 73 x 109 cm
Brief Description A sensitive artist, Reddy evolved a unique vision of his own, creating complex compositions, realistic and expressionistic portraits, still-lifes and impressionistic landscapes. His later works are abstract, often revealing a tantric influence with folk motifs and symbols, and a synthesis of almost contrary forms. As an artist, Reddy interprets the traditional Tantra philosophy and at the same time deals with contemporary themes. For both neo- tantric artists and Western modernists, the tension between the spiritual and the material found expression through symbols that defied particular iconographic or culturally-grounded systems and instead evoked broader universal expressions of spirituality, patterns in the universe, and sense perception. Reddy's use of symbols, connection to a spiritual system in tantra, and interpretation of sound all play into similar ideas. Reddy came from a poor family of agriculturists, who strongly opposed his choice to make art his professional practice. Defying his family's wishes, Reddy joined the J. J. School of Arts, Bombay to study painting under a scholarship. Here he was also trained in mural design and was acquainted with the Rajput and Pahari miniature styles.