This marine landscape shows fishermen’s activities after returning from fishing. The landscape is painted in gouache technique with brisk brushwork and maintaining the brilliance of the natural light. The painting is signed and dated in the bottom left corner of the painting.
K. B. Chudekar was a student of Sir J. J. School of Art and his style represents that phase of the Bombay School, when artists abandoned the clichéd illusionistic style of presiding artists and, years between 1917 and 1930, resorted to the outdoor theme such as landscape. Landscape painting became a new identity of the Bombay School although it was not a part of the syllabus employed in Sir J. J. School of Art. To represent the liveliness and vibrancy of nature, some artists turned to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism for inspiration. Their brushwork became spontaneous. The technique of impasto preoccupied their mind. Instead of a plane mass of colour, strokes and sometimes stipples of bright unmixed colour were laid on the canvas.
Keshav Bhavanrao Chudekar (1884-1971)
Gouache on paper
49.8 x 61.3 cms.