Ink on paper
13 5/8 x 8 3/8 in. (34.5 x 21.3 cm.)
Signed and dated in Bengali upper left and inscribed and further signed ''MY GRANDMA' / 1962 / (PEN & INK ON PAPER) / GANESH PYNE / 3/1A, KAVIRAJ ROW / CALCUTTA 700073 / Ganesh Pyne' on a label on reverse
Acquired directly from the artist.
Ella Datta, Ganesh Pyne His Life and Times, Kolkata, 1998, p. 21, illustrated.
An early watercolour titled Grandmother's Stories created by Ganesh Pyne in 1954 depicts children gathered round an elderly lady on a bed, eagerly listening to her telling a story. Pyne's own grandmother, Nandarani, had a gift for storytelling, and a fertile imagination. She was a beloved presence in Pyne's early life, and above all other members of the family, she inspired the young Pyne and supported him in his quest to become an artist.
'The person who coloured the deepest core of his being was his grandmother, Nandarani. She had a wonderful gift of imagination and was a born raconteur. Pyne remembers her turning a mundane meal into a marvellous landscape. Feeding the children at mealtimes, she would make the heap of rice, mountains. She would scoop out the hollow on top into which a ladleful of golden dal would be poured and this would be the lake. She would float a wedge of lemon in the dal and it would be the boat.
When night fell, Nandarani would gather the children on the veranda and tell them wondrous stories. In the shadowy gloom, she would bring alive, gods and goddesses, kings and heroes and strange ghosts. Her stories were sometimes macabre. Many of the stories had their sources in traditional folklore but Pyne suspects that she made up many as she went along. (Ella Datta, Ganesh Pyne His Life and Times, Kolkata, 1998, pp. 22-23)
The paper tones of the original are lighter than they appear in the catalogueillustration. The paper appears to have discoloured slightly with age. There areminor spots of staining on her nose, corner of her right eye and her right cheek,upper lip and her left shoulder, all partially visible in the catalogue illustration.Not inspected out of the frame. Overall good condition.
About The Artist:
GANESH PYNE (1937-2013)