Hemen Mazumdar : The Last Romantic

  • Hemen Mazumdar : The Last Romantic
    Hemen Mazumdar : The Last Romantic

    14 Feb

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    Caterina Corni

Hemen Mazumdar : The Last Romantic

Hemen Mazumdar (1894-1948) is a towering figure of Indian modern art. He devoted his entire artistic life to a battle against vision of the Old Bengal School and the orientalists, in favour of a universal language of art. At a time when it was considered “unpatriotic” to adopt western concepts of art, Hemen fought to represent Indian women through academic realism.

He created a genre of Bengali beauties that captured the imagination of the contemporary Bengali public because of the novelty of their intimacy and their immediacy. They were not impersonal figures learned from art schools but palpable, breathing and real women.  Mazumdar was obsessed with capturing the sexual appeal of the lighter-skinned elite women of Bengal, and even wrote verses on his paintings. 

The female figure conceived by Hemen Mazumdar enshrines the meaning and the symbolism of the eternal feminine. Women become the sole and profound source of inspiration. What emerges is a figure which is developed in both its earthly and sacred dimensions. Mazumdar builds his women giving them an almost sculptural grandeur, the figurative space is developed vertically and the artist creates figures filled with expressive power, frozen in small, typically feminine gesture, which gives them a composed sensuality with a sense of the eternal.

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February 14, 2019

Timing: 6:30 pm

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Caterina Corni

Caterina Corni

Caterina Corni (b. 1979) has a master’s degree in Art History and Criticism from the Università Statale di Milano, her thesis was about the contemporary Indian artist Subodh Gupta. She began her career by cooperating with the journal “Flash Art”. At the same time she worked as curator, and organized temporary exhibitions in Europe, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and in India. Since 2004, her interests have turned in particular to modern and contemporary Indian art and to the study of the relationships and interactions between Western and Oriental art. She has edited the catalogues for several monographs and collective exhibitions. In 2014, her project on the relationship between Indian artist Jivya Soma Mashe and Israeli artist Michal Rovner, was selected by the Centre Pompidou (Paris) for the XXV anniversary of the exhibition “Magiciens de la Terre”. Caterina Corni is an Associate Professor of Art History at Symbiosis University, Pune.