Colombo '43 Group

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The Colombo '43 Group was a school of modern mid 20th-century painting in Sri Lanka, established in 1943. The group was essentially an association of like-minded painters who had broken away from the Ceylon Society of Arts, led by photographer and critic Lionel Wendt, including key members Harry Pieris, George Keyt, Justin Daraniyagala, Ivan Peries, Aubrey Collette, Richard Gabriel, Lionel Wendt, George Claessen, Swanee Jayawardene, and L T P Manjusri Thero.[1][2][3] Lester James Peries became a latter associate of the group.[3] The paintings of the group constituted a historic break in Sri Lankan and, more generally, South Asian tradition. Art historian Jagath Weerasinghe wrote that the most significant achievement of the 43 Group was their localization of European modernist trends into a distinctively Sri Lankan modernist art[4]. They also promoted Kandyan dance and other Sri Lankan dance forms.[5]

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  1. ^ Modern Art in Sri Lanka, Albert Dharmasiri
  2. ^ Elements of an art lover Archived 2015-06-12 at the Wayback Machine, Ceylon Today, Retrieved 10 June 2015
  3. ^ a b Remembering a patriotic artist by Godwin Witane, Retrieved 11 June 2015
  4. ^ Art and social change : contemporary art in Asia and the Pacific. Turner, Caroline. Canberra: Pandanus Books. 2005. ISBN 174076112X. OCLC 191935321.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Traditional dance in British Ceylon by Kamalika Pieris (The Island), Retrieved 22 October 2016