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In his refusal to flatter or idealise, Sagar Bhowmick carries on a tradition of unflinching naturalism that began with 15th century Dutch masters, writes anirudh chari
THE art of portraiture has had to reinvent itself since the end of modernism. Although a number of contemporary painters are working with portraits, the vestiges of modernism remain and portraiture continues to struggle with its conservative legacy. Sagar Bhowmick, however, attempts to reclaim and reconstruct traditional portraiture in a subtle, nuanced and stimulating manner. His are virtuoso works reckoning with human complexities and contradictions and a powerful expression of this is his distinctive vision which, although initiated by commercial assignments, are fired by personal conviction.
As is the case with any genuine innovation, much of the best art is not easy to absorb. To some viewers, Bhowmick's signature …