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The Essence of Man
|by Paritosh Uttam|
Fardoon struck the cigarette butt off the table disgustedly with a carom board flick of his fingers. The results of the painting contest for amateurs had been announced and he had not won. That meant Someone Else had. This could have been Fardoon's big break that would make the art world sit up and notice him.'
This winning painting heralds the entry of a new, talented artist in our midst with aplomb. It holds one's eyes riveted until one is completely mesmerized by its haunting aura. The response it evokes is only matched by Picasso's or Dali's works.
Picasso! Dali! Fardoon clenched his fists in exasperation. The critics always fell back upon Picasso and Dali when they didn't know what to say. And yet, it could have been him they were eulogizing, not Someone Else.
The motif of the painting is abstraction and extraction, which is very eloquently expressed by its title The Essence of Man. In fact, the only complaint one can envisage against the artist is that the painting itself makes the title redundant.
More rot! No two critics would be talking about the same subject if all modern paintings were left untitled. What if the title were 'A paraplegic's life'?
Fardoon flung the newspaper away. He had painted the hat too. But in its upright position, in its right place on the head. It was a mark of dignity for his limbless man, that confirmed his status as an individual, not a sign of mockery.'
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