Early Paintings

//Early Paintings
Early Paintings2017-01-22T15:17:57+00:00

Project Description

In the late 60s Broota moves from portraiture to painting stark images of the undernourished bodies of the marginalized classes.

“Broota had already moved away from the thick impasto of his early portraits to a condensed narration, his tall canvases now filled with larger-than-life figures of laborers, minutely capturing the last surviving shreds of life existing in their weathered bodies and tense muscles. He was thus representing the neglected and marginalized with heroic dimensions, poetic justice if you like. Their elongated limbs and brooding postures, rendered Broota’s anguish and indignation in and expressive style. In their pictorial treatment, he thinned down the oil paint and its consistency to get a watercolor like effect, creating a transparency that made the painted bodies of the deprived lose their weight and fleshiness. The paled skin tones seen in an exemplary painting ‘What to do (1967)’ came to represent the anemic condition of his protagonists.”

– Roobina Karode, Visions of Interiority: Interrogating the Male Body

  • Christ

    Christ
    Oil on canvas, 50 x 29.5in, 1957

  • Manipuri Teacher

    Manipuri Teacher
    Oil on canvas, 1960s

  • Portrait of Shobha

    Portrait of Shobha
    Oil on canvas, 1960s

  • Portrait of Subhash

    Portrait of Subhash
    Oil on canvas, 1960s

  • Untitled

    Untitled
    Oil on canvas, 1960s

  • Self-portrait

    Self-portrait
    Oil on canvas, 1962

  • Self-portrait

    Self-portrait
    Oil on canvas, 24 x 16in, 1963

  • Untitled

    Untitled
    Oil on canvas, 20 x 24in, 1964-65

  • Self-portrait

    Self-portrait
    Oil on canvas, 24 x 34in, 1965

  • Untitled

    Untitled
    Oil on canvas, 17 x 24in, 1965

  • What to Do

    What to Do
    Oil on canvas, 50 x 70in, 1967

  • Where to Go

    Where to Go
    Oil on canvas, 60 x 80in, 1967

  • Portrait of Subash

    Portrait of Subash
    Oil on canvas, 30 x 40in, 1968

  • Pragati

    Pragati
    Oil on canvas, 18 x 24in, 1968

  • The Descent of Man

    The Descent of Man
    Oil on canvas, 98 x 148in, 1968

  • Where to Go

    Where to Go
    Oil on canvas, 70 x 100in, 1968

  • Same Old Story

    Same Old Story
    Oil on canvas, 58 x 80in, 1969

  • What to Do

    What to Do
    Oil on canvas, 69 x 104, 1969