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Hari Ambadas Gade View Artworks of Hari Ambadas Gade Back to Artist

Gade is considered one of the first abstract expressionist painters of post-independence India. Manifestly a landscape painter his contribution in this field is considerable. One of the founders of the progressive art movement in India, he believed in an unconventional and dynamic artistic style. In his paintings, this abject poverty and dirty slums crop up once in a while. Yet, he did not abandon his first love, landscapes, and would travel every few months. From the lush greenery of Kerala, to the stark landscape of Udaipur to the dense forests, his landscapes are highly prized. In the recent past, he did a series on rains and monsoon greens.

H.A Gade was born in Amravati in Maharashtra 1917. He graduated in Science from the University of Nagpur in Maharashtra in 1938. He further secured a Masters in Art from the Nagpur School of Art. Gade was one of the founder members of Progressive Artists Group (1948) and Bombay Artists Group (1958).

Gade first exhibited in Mumbai in 1947, and then in 1948, at the annual exhibition of the Bombay Art Society. 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 paintings were exhibited at the Venice Biennale. H A Gade passed away in the year 2001


Selected Posthumous Exhibitions  

  2014 Retrospective Exhibition at Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi

  2012-13 'Radical Terrain: Modernist Art from India', Rubin Museum of Art, New York

  2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

  2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

  2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'Continuum', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 ‘Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 'Masters of Maharashtra', collection from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai

  2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead

Selected Exhibitions  

  1998 The Moderns, Inaugural exhb. National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

  1994 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1958 'Twenty Artist's', New Delhi

  1957 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1949 Salon de Mai, Paris

  1949 Stanford University, USA

  1948 Inaugural Exhibition., Progressive Artists Group, Mumbai

  1948 Bombay Art Society, Mumbai


  1957,54 Venice Biennale, Italy

  1956 Basel

  1955-56 'Contemporary Indian Art', travelling exhb. to USSR, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria

1951 Basel


Honours and Awards

  1956,55 Member of Artists Delegation, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1956 Gold Medal in Annual Exhibiiton, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

  1947 Founder Member of Progressive Artists Group

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