Art: Brightness from Bengal

On a visit to Calcutta, Mahatma Gandhi once sent word to Jamini Roy to bring some paintings around for a private showing. The artist politely refused. "As a man," said Roy, "I will gladly go and touch his feet with my hands. As an artist, never. It is his duty to come and visit me."

In 45 years, Jamini Roy, one of India's best artists, has rarely allowed his work to be exhibited outside his studio; Paris and London have seen his pictures just once. Last week, with an exhibit in Manhattan, he gave the outside world another look at his work.


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