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Hari Ambadas Gade

(1916 - 2001) Born in Maharashtra, Gade graduated with a Diploma in Painting from the Nagpur School of Art, Maharashtra in 1949 and a Masters Degree in 1950. A founding member of the Progressive Artists’ Group, Gade sought to throw off the shackles of Academic Realism. One of post-independence India’s first abstract expressionist painters, his work is highly attuned to the emotive resonances of color. Gade first exhibited in Mumbai in 1947, and then in 1948, at the annual exhibition of the Bombay Art Society and also in the exhibition of the Progressive Artists Group. In 1949, he was invited to exhibit at the Salon-de-Mai in Paris, and in the same year, he also showed his works at Stanford University. In 1954, Gade’s Painting were exhibited at the Venice Biennale. The artist passed away in 2001.