Manohar Mhatre, the last of Progressive artists

Manohar Mhatre artist progressive art work exhibition
Manohar Mhatre, the last standing Progressive, is unlike any of his contemporaries | Image - Eunice Dhivya

At first glance, Manohar Mhatre’s appearance belies his vast artistic legacy. At 89, he is the last standing Progressive, but is unlike any of his contemporaries. Not for him the flamboyance of MF  Husain, the brooding mysteriousness of VS Gaitonde, or the defiance of Akbar Padamsee.

Mhatre’s personality, like his art, is distinctive in subtle, gentle ways. In fact, the quietness of his manner has often been construed as reclusiveness, and few outside the art world know of him or his elegant body of work.

After what he calls "gentle persuasion", young curator Gourmoni Das has managed to get Mhatre to bring out the most significant works of his life.

Manohar Mhatre art work
Manohar Mhatre keeps all his works unnamed as he wants viewers to draw their own conclusion
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