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Anjolie Ela Menon: Portfolio Print

Usha Bhatia (Editor)
Synopsis Anjolie Ela Menon (b. 1940 in Bengal) is one of India's best known artists.  She had her first solo exhibition in 1958 in Delhi and at the time, renowned critic, Richard Bartholmew (a former Secretary of the Lalit Kala Akademi) while reviewing this debut predicted: "I have no doubt that before long this gifted young woman will be joining the ranks of our very best painters."  These words have been truly prophetic and Menon's trajectory over the last five decades is testimony to the evolution of an artist who has defied easy classification and who has broken fresh ground with confident panache.  Comparisons have been made on occasion to Amrita Shergil and while the latter tragically died at a relatively young age, there are many similarities in their palette and visual metaphor that merit scrutiny.  From their early training at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, they both evolved as pioneers of rare virtuosity and strong individual conviction in the evolution of contemporary Indian art.  The current portfolio provides an overview of Menon's considerable body of work that spans half a century.  A figurative painter in the main who has dwelt on the human protagonist, she once remarked wryly: "In India can one be otherwise?"  Menon stubbornly remained a figurative painter through the years when abstraction was in vogue.  Even in her landscapes, cityscapes and interiors - traces of the missing protagonist are evident by their very absence.  For Example, the chair set in the bleak landscape with net curtains suggesting a prim interior bears the imprint of the person who has just vacated it - eaving the crows to examine the detritus.
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About the author

Usha Bhatia

Being the editor of the National Lalit Kala Akademi from 1980 to 2006, Usha Bhatia carried out the editorial responsibilities and edited number of publications which included journals, books, monographs and portfolio series. She contributed by writing text of some of these publications. After finishing her term at the Akademi, she joined the Harmony Art Foundation where she is working as the Research Director.

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Title Anjolie Ela Menon: Portfolio Print
Author Usha Bhatia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Lalit Kala Akademi
Language: English
isbn 8187507187
length iii p., 10 Plates; 39cm.