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The forgotten Bombay School

Bombay School was based on realism, or naturalism, as taught by the colonial mindset that patterned it.

art collection | Paintings | Mumbai

Kishore Singh  |  New Delhi 

Kishore Singh

Rarely have art movements in India been as successful as the Progressive Artists’ Group, launched in 1947. Perhaps Independence and its spirit that encouraged new thinking had something to do with it. Collectives had been formed earlier — in Bombay (now Mumbai), and in Calcutta (now Kolkata) — but never had the impact that the Progressives did. Not on consumers and, as we’re discovering seven decades later, not on prices either. But its success came at a cost too. The Bombay Progressives, alas, eclipsed all the work that had been done by the Bombay School before it. And years later, art-lovers are still paying the price for it.



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First Published: Fri, June 26 2020. 21:27 IST