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A master of Realism from South India taken by the pandemic

The indiscriminately cruel pandemic earlier this month carried away South Indian artist S Elayaraja, known for his stunningly realistic portrayals of ‘Dravidian women’. Abir Pothi condoles Strikingly real imagery with an almost photo-like study of light, beautiful women in vibrant saris, flowers in their hair and a hint of a smile always playing on their...

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Meet one of the harbingers of Modern Art

April 30, On This Day Manet, an Impressionist herald A pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism, French modernist painter Édouard Manet was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life. Born in January 1832, he died on April 30 1883. His early masterworks are today considered watershed paintings that mark...

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Grief, poverty, hunger and war came to life in her art

April 22, On This Day Death of a socialist artist A committed pacifist and communist, this female German artist depicted the effects of poverty, hunger and war on the working class in 275 prints over her career, in etching, woodcut and lithography. Virtually the only portraits she made (at least 50) were images of herself,...