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Renowned painter KG Subramanyan passes away

Born in 1924 in Kerala, he was a professor at various times at the Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University in Baroda and his alma mater, Kala Bhavan (Santiniketan) from where he finally retired in 1989.

Jun 30, 2016 10:55 IST
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kgRenowned painter and freedom fighter KG Subramanyan passed away on 29 June 2016 following a brief illness in Vadodra. He was 92.

Subramanyan was a versatile painter who blurred the lines between art and artisans by making his mark in pottery, design and terracotta art as well.


About KG Subramanyan

• Born in 1924 in Kerala, he was a professor at various times at the Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University in Baroda and his alma mater, Kala Bhavan (Santiniketan) from where he finally retired in 1989.
• It was under the tutelege of Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij in Santiniketan between 1944 and 1948 that Subramanyan developed a penchant for art and social commentary through his works.
• Considered one of the pioneers of Modern Art, Subramanyan was also a freedom fighter and was imprisoned briefly during the Quit India Movement.
• His paintings experimented with the idea of the Indian myth from which he borrowed a number of times.
• Subramanyan was also an art historian and his body of work forms a significant document of Indian art history.
• In 1955, he received a British Council Research Fellowship to the Slade School of Art at the University of London.
• He was awarded with the Padma Vibhushan in 2012.

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