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Art created from the heart lasts long in viewers’ minds - Dr. Manisha Bajpai

Art created from the heart lasts long in viewers’ minds - Dr. Manisha Bajpai
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By Dr. Dilip N. Pandit

The faithful representation of reality - realism as a literary movement was based on ‘objective reality.’ It focused on showing everyday activities and life, primarily among the middle or lower class society, without romantic idealization or dramatization. It may be regarded as the general attempt to depict subjects as they are considered to exist in third person objective reality, without embellishment or interpretation and ‘in accordance with secular, empirical rules.’ As such, the approach inherently implies a belief that such reality is ontologically independent of human kind's conceptual schemes, linguistic practices and beliefs, and thus can be known (or knowable) to the artist, who can in turn represent this 'reality' faithfully. Realistic art work conveys direct interaction with viewers and leaves a strong impression of its compositions. These vibes were echoed by Jharkhand based artist Dr. Manisha Bajpai whose art exhibition has been going on at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Her works of realistic themes on Woman, Nature, Wildlife and Hope are touching. She brilliantly made such paintings in oil, charcoal and pencil medium that could spellbind someone. 

She feels that realism or naturalism as a style meaning the honest, unidealizing depiction of the subject, can of course be used in depicting any type of subject, without any commitment to treating the typical or everyday. Despite the general idealism of classical art, this too had classical precedents, which came in useful when defending such treatments in the Renaissance and Baroque. 

She thinks that European portraiture could give a very good likeness in both painting and sculpture, though the subjects were often idealized by smoothing features or giving them an artificial pose. Still life paintings, and still life elements in other works, played a considerable role in developing illusionistic painting, though in the Netherlandish tradition of flower painting they long lacked ‘realism’, in that flowers from all seasons were typically used, either from the habit of assembling compositions from individual drawings, or as a deliberate convention; the large displays of bouquets in vases. In Cubist artwork, objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form—instead of depicting objects from a single viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context. 

She likes to work on the ‘eye-conic’ theme because that says a lot of human nature and internal feelings. Eyes are focal points of emotions that ooze out to speak a lot through non-verbal language of pain, distress, fear, hate, love,  gloom and pleasure. She stresses on originality of art because painting is a vast field of various aspects and artists are doing many works; so it counts a lot. Copying would never serve long lasting impact of an art and artist. Art is work of emotions and imagination done by deep layers of the heart.  Art created from the heart lasts long in viewers’ mind.