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.
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