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Signed and dated 'b.prabha 1964' (lower centre right edge)
Bearing Pundole Art Gallery label (on the back of frame)
Bonhams / Lot 317 / Islamic & Indian Art including Contemporary Indian and Pakistani Paintings / London / October 2005
B. Prabha celebrated femininity in every way. Repeatedly exploring themes in rural women, she made a conscious effort to weave social and gender issues in her depictions. Having completed her art training at the Sir J.J. School of Art, she primarily worked with oils. Staying with the feminine theme consistently throughout her short artistic career, her women are beautiful, graceful figures, always inviting the viewer into their barren yet contemplative world.
(1933 - 2001)
Born in Nagpur, Maharashtra, Prabha studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. In 1956, she had her first exhibition together with her husband and fellow artist, B. Vithal. Since then, she has held about fifty exhibitions in India and internationally, including ‘Shradhanjali’, dedicated to Vithal, Mumbai, in 1993; and exhibitions at Kumar Gallery, New Delhi, in 1961 and 1959. Since her death in 2001, her work has been featured posthumously in several group shows, including ‘Winter Moderns’, at Aicon Gallery, New York in 2008; and ‘Pot Pourri’ at Gallery Beyond, Mumbai, in 2008. Prabha won the first prize at the Bombay State Art Exhibition in 1958, and also received the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) Award, New Delhi.