First National Exhibiton of Art Catalogue – Catalogue

Series nameChandra in the 1950s

This catalogue was produced in 1955 by the Lalit Kala Akademi, India’s National Academy of Art, for their first national exhibition. It featured three paintings by Avinash Chandra, who was also awarded a prize of Rs. 250 for his painting ‘Trees’. The digitised pages of this catalogue feature messages of good wishes for the exhibition by the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 – 1964), and the Vice President of India, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan (1888 – 1975). The front cover of the catalogue also features Avinash Chandra’s signature.

Date of Creation / Publication1955
CreatorLalit Kala Akademi
Associated Person/ OrganisationChandra, Avinash
LocationNew Delhi
Collection and Reference NumberAvinash Chandra Collection (GB 2661 AC)
Catalogue NumberAC/1950/4
CopyrightValerie Murray Chandra
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Valerie Murray Chandra
Series notesLandscape artist Avinash Chandra arrived in London in 1956. His early work in London was a process of self discovery, where he eliminated taught techniques from his art school in India,and removed strict perceptions of how his art should or should not be. This grouping includes exhibition catalogues from Delhi and London, slides of his work and several photographs of Chandra's work from the 1950s.
Collection notesThe Avinash Chandra Collection is divided by decades and a grouping featuring selected slides. The 1950s to 1980s sections feature exhibition catalogues, photographs of paintings, drawings and murals and promotional material. The selections of 35mm slides depict Chandra's art work over the decades.