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Group Dynamics: The Blue Rider

The Blue Rider is one of Germany’s most important groups of avant-garde artists in the early twentieth century. On her eightieth birthday in 1957, the painter Gabriele Münter bequeathed more than a thousand works by the Group to the Lenbachhaus, among them ninety oil paintings by Kandinsky as well as around 330 watercolours and drawings, sketchbooks, and reverse glass paintings by the artist and his printed oeuvre. The bequest also included more than twenty-five paintings by Münter herself and works by other eminent artists such as Franz Marc, August Macke, Paul Klee, Alexej von Jawlensky, and Marianne von Werefkin.

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Sri Lankan artist SENAKA SENANAYAKE describes to Aashna his history, inspiration, process and love behind his art.

By the time Senanayake graduated from the prestigious Yale University with a degree in Art and Architecture in the early 1970s, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life creating art through paintings and sculpture.

 

This was, some critics might argue an afterthought; a formality that did not need an announcement. Because Senanayake had already achieved a considerable amount of fame in his formative years; starting to paint as a child and even holding a solo international exhibition in the US at the age of ten.

 

His graduation from Yale would be the catalyst in setting the wheels in motion for the phenomenal success he has realised to date with a steep career graph that has made him one of the most sought after and influential artists from South Asia in the past thirty years.

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