Dugar soon outgrew the Bengal School mannerisms, producing closely observed details of nature and life from travelling and painting 'on the spot'. While progressively reducing the naturalistic details in his paintings, Indra Dugar instinctively retained colour harmony to express serenity in nature. (The Art of Bengal, exhibition catalogue, Delhi Art Gallery, Delhi, 2012, p.428)
Born in 1918 in Jiaganj, West Bengal, Indra Dugar studied at Santiniketan, where he imbibed the artistic ethos of Kala Bhavana and the Neo-Bengal School and was also greatly inspired by the artist Nandalal Bose. Whilst not formally trained in the fine arts, Dugar developed a rare distinct aesthetic that distinguished him from his contemporaries.
Signature: signed, stamped and dated in Bengali (lower right); signed, inscribed, titled and dated 'Original Painting / Indra Dugar / 48, Indian Mirror Street / Calcutta - 700013, India / TITLE - THE LONE VIGIL / NO 807 (med) - wash on Whatman paper / 21.2.1946 Pawapuri (size) - 15'6" x 8'5" / 21.11.1978 (Calcutta) / copy and publicity rights strictly reserved by the artist only' (on the reverse)