N. S. Bendre 1910-1992

N. S. Bendre | Biography | Life | Artworks



Narayan Shridhar Bendre who graduated from Agra University in 1933 and simultaneously studied art in the school of Art, was an eminent painter and former professor of painting at the Baroda University. 

A world tour from 1947 to 1950, provided him rich aesthetic stimuli and brought to his work a cosmopolitan expression and a new pictorial vitality. 

Bendre was a versatile painter who passionately experimented in different styles and techniques. 

He sensitively infused in his works the influences of the British academic traditions, the robustness of indigenous miniatures, the romanticism of the Bengal school and the post-Impressionistic influence of Cezanne and Gauguin. 




As he said: “I belong to this earth. I walk on this earth. I don’t think of anything but this earth. Things here are my kind of liberty. I am not interested in anything else. As such in don’t create dream paintings. Whatever I have experienced in the world, I paint. Other things are not important to me.”

But his works, though inspired by the life and environment around him, reveled above all, a feeling for pure art, for the emotive arrangements of rhythmic forms in balanced patterns and colors, with a subtle lyrical approach.

He continually searched for self-expression. Even his last works are charged with strength revealing the indigenous simplicity in the abstracted figurative patterns, defined by a bold exo-topic treatment in dense black. In 1960 he stated;

The lay public is ignorant and uninformed. Prosperous businessmen satisfy on one’s fingertips, and the art student holds views based on the skills imparted on him, and on what he is thought to believe. 

The artist is like the cat without a key trying to open the lock of a cage in which it is imprisoned. 


The art teacher is submerged up to his neck in the pride of his past recognition and his prejudices to new values… at the same time, an interest in art is obviously on the increase. 


It is obvious, however, that it suffers from ignorance, blind convictions, and misguided patronage. It needs somehow to become informed and educated.”



More than three decades later, it would seem that there has not been a perceptible change in the situation, except in the increase of commercial collectors and the steep rise in prices of works of art!

An important and significant artist he undoubtedly was: equally important he was a discerning teacher of art.  


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