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Pralhad Dhond

Old Masters

Pralhad Anant Dhond was born in 1908 in Ratnagiri. After completing his initial schooling in Malvan he moved to Mumbai for his matriculation and joined Sir J. J. School of Art in 1930 and completed a diploma in 1934. He has been the Head of Teacher's Training Department for 20 years and in 1958 he became the Dean of Sir. J. J. School of Art, Mumbai. He retired as the Director of Art Maharashtra State in 1969 His paintings were exhibited in San Francisco, Berlin, Munich, South Africa, Kabul, Ankara, China and Russia. In India through the All India Arts & Craft Society, Delhi, Bhau Daji Museum, Lalit Kala Academy, Vidhan Bhavan, Bombay, Nagpur Museum, Nagpur, Baroda Museum, Baroda. A strong believer in artistic tradition, Dhond, always considered the landscape of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, where he grew up, as the most formative influence on his artistic sensibility. Dhond chose the medium of watercolour for his transparent yet fascinating depiction of various moods of nature and was known as one of the leading water-colourists of India. He constantly worked and travelled to enrich his work. At the age of 92, he visited the Kerala backwaters and had almost completed his series on God's own country at the time of his death. His work consists of 7,000 landscapes, spanning over seven decades. He says about his work "I always say it takes me five minutes and 70 years to complete a painting. It is only after devoting a lifetime to water colours that I have mastered the medium".


  • Painting by Pralhad Dhond