Madhuri and Impressionism

Impressionism is best understood as an art form that is a verb and not a noun. Impressionist paintings are created to capture a moment in a rapidly morphing world with the use of quick brush strokes without delving much into detailing.

To better understand impressionism, this journey will take you through some of the works created by an Indian impressionist painter Madhuri Bhaduri as an instrument to broaden your understanding. Let’s begin.

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Madhuri’s series titled Reflections depicts light on water like the eye sees it. It has no definitive and harsh lines that separate the elements of water and flora. This is a key characteristic of Impressionist paintings. You rarely see any harsh lines separating a body of water from the sky above it in nature and this learning is used in paintings to focus on the seamlessness.

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As you draw your attention to the brush strokes, you will see the focus on creating a seamless flow with the quick brush strokes and the commas of saturated colour placed in close proximity to depict the general shape of the intended object. In this case, the bed of flowers floating on the still yet quivering surface of water is a series of paint smears with no defined edges. This brings to notice another key element of the Impressionist technique. The beauty is more in the idea than the close- to-anatomy caricature of it. So Impressionist paintings by definition are more about the feeling than the accurate depiction of the subject it chooses.

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This brings us to the third and perhaps the most important aspect to assess and understand an Impressionist painting- the alignment of the artist’s vision with the viewer’s condition.

For this we will be studying Madhuri’s series called Horizons. Every painting in this series brings a smack of colour with it. You can sense the mood of the artist when she painted the intense reds of a sunset as a pure call of the spirit or the dancing elation of the yellows that seeks no restraint in oozing out joy. Her oranges are moody with deep reflections and meditations almost fighting complexity and confusion while her blues are toned and shades of tranquil like breathing the crisp Himalayan air. It won’t be a hyperbole to say that every painting is the most intimate dialogue you can have with the artist without needing words.

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Impressionist paintings are about creation with the help of association. The work of art only finds completing within the viewer. So if we chose the words- birds, flight, ornage, water and wind the image you draw up in your mind is the complete picture. That’s the beauty of impressionism.

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Madhuri’s work in Reflections and Horizons has a quality that will make you want to keep looking at the painting again and again. Because she hasn’t defined the meaning of the painting, you are free to derive your own personal message. There will be a canvas here that will coax something out of your heart- some long lost memory, some feeling you never knew existed or some lesson you never understood.

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To close, here are simple words from the artist “My paintings are reflective of what one is thinking and not just what one is seeing”.

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Madhuri Bhaduri – Exhibitions, Solo Shows and More 

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Caitriona Gurgaon
2015 Leela Ambience Gurgaon
2015 Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai
2015 The Memory Chronicles,The Muse Art Gallery,Hyderabad
2015 The Memory Chronicles,Prakrit Art Gallery,Chennai
2015 Gallery Five Art Consultants,New Delhi
2015 Indian Handicrafts Emporium,New Delhi
2014 The Memory Chronicles,Tilting Art Gallery,Pune
2014 ‘Ireland, Gateway to Europe’ at Novotel Pune.
2012 Raffles Hotel, Dubai.
2011 ‘Reveries’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2009 ‘In Backdrop-on canvas’ at Museum Gallery, Mumbai.
2007 ‘Glimpses of Beyond’, New Delhi.
2006 ‘Illumination, colours from my diary’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2004 ‘Art-Tee’ auction at Taj West-End, Bangalore.
2002 ‘Once A Sudden Sea’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2000 Malaka Spice, Pune.
1999 Meghraj Art Gallery, London.
1999 Private Show at Lakaki, Pune.
1998 Private Show in New York.
1998 Private Show in London.
1997 Muscat Art and Craft Society, Muscat.
1996 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1996 Yamini Art Gallery, Delhi.
1996 Aurobindo Art Gallery, Delhi.
1994 Ashiana Art Gallery, Calcutta.
1994 Bal Gandharva Art Gallery, Pune.
1993 Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta.
1991 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1990 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1988 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1987 Chetana Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1987 Tilak Smarak Mandir art Gallery, Pune.
1986 Bal Gandharva Art Gallery, Pune.

Group Shows 

2015 Caitriona Gurgaon
2015 Leela Ambience Gurgaon
2015 Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai
2015 The Memory Chronicles,The Muse Art Gallery,Hyderabad
2015 The Memory Chronicles,Prakrit Art Gallery,Chennai
2015 Gallery Five Art Consultants,New Delhi
2015 Indian Handicrafts Emporium,New Delhi
2014 The Memory Chronicles,Tilting Art Gallery,Pune
2014 ‘Ireland, Gateway to Europe’ at Novotel Pune.
2012 Raffles Hotel, Dubai.
2011 ‘Reveries’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2009 ‘In Backdrop-on canvas’ at Museum Gallery, Mumbai.
2007 ‘Glimpses of Beyond’, New Delhi.
2006 ‘Illumination, colours from my diary’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2004 ‘Art-Tee’ auction at Taj West-End, Bangalore.
2002 ‘Once A Sudden Sea’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2000 Malaka Spice, Pune.
1999 Meghraj Art Gallery, London.
1999 Private Show at Lakaki, Pune.
1998 Private Show in New York.
1998 Private Show in London.
1997 Muscat Art and Craft Society, Muscat.
1996 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1996 Yamini Art Gallery, Delhi.
1996 Aurobindo Art Gallery, Delhi.
1994 Ashiana Art Gallery, Calcutta.
1994 Bal Gandharva Art Gallery, Pune.
1993 Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta.
1991 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1990 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1988 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1987 Chetana Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1987 Tilak Smarak Mandir art Gallery, Pune.
1986 Bal Gandharva Art Gallery, Pune.

Camps and Workshops 

2014 IICR,Diggi Palace Jaipur
2014 Art Camp at Tata Steel Centre for Excellence, Jamshedpur.
2014 Live demo for the Late Madhav Satavlekar Trust, Pune
2014 Art camp by Gallery Beyond, Ahmedabad.
2012 Painting Worshop –N.H.E. SCHOOL, Jamshedpur.
2012 Workshop at D. Tata Art School, Jamshedpur.
2012 Art Camp for Pulotsav at FTII, Pune.
2012 Painting auctioned for Charity by YPO, Pune.
2012 Art Camp at Tata Steel Centre for Excellence, Jamshedpur.
2008 Art Camp, Switzerland.
2003 Invitee at the R.P. Goenka Art Camp, Mumbai
1997 Invited by Muscat Art & Craft Society for a live demonstration of oil painting.
1988 Awarded Best Designer for CEAD award for the industrial calendar project.

Honors

Invited for the R.P.Goenka Art Camp, Mumbai – 2003
Invited by Muscat Art & Craft Society for a live demonstration of oil painting – 1997
Work selected for the prestigious Tata Annual Art Calendar along with India’s most celebrated artists – 1997, 1992, 1989
Awarded ‘Best Designer’ CEAD award for the industrial calendar project – 1988

Contribution to Charity

Paintings used for promotional activities by:
SEC (Society for the education of the crippled)
CRY (Child Relief and You)
HELP AGE
Solo Show auctioned by Christel House for their organization.
Work auctioned for earthquake relief fund, Bhuj, Gujarat.
Participation in ‘Save the Hills’ campaign for the environment, Pune.
Painting donated for Mata Amritananda Trust, Kochi.

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