21/08/1910 - 18/02/1992




Artist Profile


He was born in a Deshastha Brahmin family, Indore, Madhya Pradesh. His full name is Narayan Shridhar Bendre. 1940 Moved to Madras to work as an art director for a film company. 1945 He visited Santiniketan. 1948, 52 Selection and Judging Committee member, Diamond Jubilee Exhb., Bombay Art Society, Bombay. 1954 Founder member of Lalit Kala Akademi. 1956 He formed the Baroda Group of Artists. 1958 Visited Near Eastern Countries and London. 1962 Visited USA and Japan. Since 1966 lived and painted in Bombay. 1971 He was elected the Chairman of the International Jury, Second Triennale, New Delhi. 1974 He was a fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi.


1929-33 Bachelor of Arts, Holkar College, Agra University. 1929-34 Diploma (Painting), State School of Art, Indore. 1933 Govt. Diploma in Art, Bombay. 1947-48 Study Tour of USA, sponsored by Federation of American Artists. 1948 Graphic Art, Art Student`s League, New York (Student of Armen Landeck).


1934, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 44, 58-59 Annual Exhb., Bombay Art Society, Bombay. 1945 Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay. 1948 Solo travelling exhb. Windermere Gallery, New York. 1974 Retrospective, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay. 1992 Individual Cultural Centre, Jammu. 2005 Manifestations II, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. H.K.Kejriwal Collection & Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore. Ghia Family Collection, Bombay.


1935, 36 Received Governor of Bombay`s Prize, Bombay Art Society, Bombay. 1941 Society`s Gold Medal, Bombay Art Society, Bombay. 1955 Received National Award for his work entitled `Thron`. 1969 He was awarded Padmashri by the President of India. 1984 Received Aban-Gagan Award from Visva- Bharati, Santiniketan. 1984 Received Kalidas Samman.


Bendre continued to travel in India in search of common folk and landscapes which eventually translated into the magical canvases that art lovers around the world have come to enjoy and admire. Like most of the artists, Bendre`s creativity initially concerned itself with the appearances of things. He carefully cultivated a technique to present them in his work in an academic style. Gradually he became conscious of aspects beyond his immediate experience, of total perception in which his mind or emotion played a significant part. This realisation came to him as he became familiar with contemporary world trends. He studied the tenets of Cubism and became aware of the significance of known aspects of an object, not merely the seen ones. He became aware of the images stored in his mind, their context and their total environment - of all the elements that build up the total pictorial structure in a given space. As he engaged in cultivation of non-representational art forms, he felt convin


1950-59 First Reader and Head of the Painting Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda. 1959-66 Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda.