Title Fear
Accession Number acc-no-01771
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Tempera on Paper
Main Artist Laxman Pai
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1926
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1950
Dimensions 97.8 cm x 63.5 cm
Brief Description His canvases are densely populated with nature in all her moods, and his human characters are always depicted in relation with their environment. His early years were spent in British India during the struggle for freedom in which he played an active part. These formative years shaped his attitude towards life and his work, leading to a highly individualistic and innovative style. All of Pai's art is a reflection of his impressions and it is free from any commentary. His earlier paintings borrowed generously from ancient Egyptian sculptures with bodies that were portrayed front on with the faces in profile. As time went on, the figures became more rounded and well defined with a decreasing use of geometry. By the 60s, his style had evolved into forms that flowed into each other on the canvas, giving them a radiant vitality.