|As wife of that great sculptor and pioneer
of the contemporary Indian art movement, the late Somenath
Hore, Reba Hore has up till now, always remained in the
shadow of her renowned husband. A uniquely sensitive creative
artist in her own right, her wonderful talent – though
it has always been implicitly acknowledged – is only
recently being widely extolled.|
Reba Hore’s works describe with sensitive introspection,
her emotional responses to the stimuli of her day-to-day
life experiences. These stimuli might be as mundane
as the animals in her courtyard, or the pastoral nuances,
the everyday avocations of men and women, and the folk
vitality of the Santiniketan where she has spent her
entire life; or they might be spirit-rending emotional
evocations of momentous human tragedies like the Bengal
Famine, which was contemporary to her times.
What emerges from her depictions is her deeply introspective
comprehension of the universal human drama, which,
played out in the backyard of every person’s
life, in ways both momentous and seemingly trivial – reminds
us repeatedly that ‘no man is an island’.
Reba Hore is an artist of the people, whose work is
distinguished by its universality, its prodding of
the spirit’s ‘tender spot’.
She is also a creator par excellence, and a master
of the strong descriptive line. The lines and colours
in her small-format works in dry pastels and mixed
media seem almost to be scrawled in, hastily put together.
Yet with a few apparently rough, spontaneous strokes,
she evokes an entire emotional universe. The bonding
of ‘friends’, the ‘comfort’ of
a simple hug offered by a young women to a demoralized
man, the inner solitude of an old man, the conviviality
of villagers gathered around a fire on a winter’s
evening, the hollow-faced desolation of starving people,
come vividly alive, in the expressiveness of her simply
nuanced lines and colours.
About the Artist
Education: Calcutta College of Art, Kolkata
Several major national and international exhibitions,
working with oils, emulsions, wax and terra cotta