|Birth||18 March 1867, Kolhapur, India|
|Death||1 June 1944, Mumbai, India (aged 77 years)|
Mahadev Vishwanath Dhurandhar (18 March 1867 – 01 June 1944) was noted Indian painter from the British colonial era. and postcard artist. His illustrations of women of that era doing their daily chores are especially popular.
Madhav V. Dhurandhar was born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. He went to Rajaram High School, Kolhapur. He was accepted into J.J. School of Art, Bombay in 1890, and was student of the artist John Griffiths. As a student he won many medals for his work. He graduated in 1895
After graduating from J. J. School of Art, Dhurandhar was offered a position at the same school in 1896 where he spent the rest of his career. In 1910, he was appointed as the Head Master. He was appointed Inspector of Drawing and Craft in 1918 and served in that position until 1931. He was the Vice-Principal for two years before retiring.
Style and Works
His popular works include documenting the city of Bombay and its people, as well as painting scenes from Hindu mythology and Omar Khayyam series. A prolific artist, Dhurandhar is said to have made some thousands of paintings and illustrations, including some that were turned into lithographic prints, such as his illustrations for the book Women of India by Otto Rothfield (1920). Dhurandhar also designed postcards, provided the illustrations for the S. M. Edwardes By-Ways of Bombay (1912) and C. A. Kincaid's Deccan Nursery Tales, besides drawing cartoons for the Gujarati periodicals Aram and Bhoot. He also made religious illustrations published by the Ravi Varma Press. He wrote an autobiography in Marathi about his years at the J.J. School. In 1926, he was commissioned by the ruler of Aundh State, Maharaja Bhawanrao Pantpratinidhi to make paintings on the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Self Portrait of Painter
Cover art of 1916 issue of Gujarati magazine
Shivaji Maharaj and Baji Prabhu at Pawan Khind
A 1927 depiction of Tarabai in battle.
Radha and Krishna
Sheshashayi - Laxminarayan