Reba Hore

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Reba Hore
Alma materGovernment College of Art & Craft, Kolkata
SpouseSomnath Hore
ChildrenChandana Hore

Reba Hore (1926–2008) was an Indian artist and activist. She has worked in various mediums ranging from water colors, mixed media, oil paints, pastels to terracotta.[1] Her artworks were spontaneous, deeply personal and rooted in her daily life experiences. She was the wife of Somnath Hore, an accomplished sculptor and print maker himself.[2]


Reba had completed her graduation in economics and became a member of the Communist Party in 1948. Later, she joined the Government College of Art & Craft in Kolkata. After completing her studies, she started teaching art at St. John's Diocesan School from 1951. It was three years later, when she married Somnath Hore in 1954.[1]

She lived and worked in different cities, namely Kolkata, New Delhi and Shantiniketan over the course of her life.[3] Hore passed away in 2008.


Hore was mostly under the shadow of her husband.[4] However, the incredible number of artworks created in a style of her own make her stand out.

Style and influences[edit]

image icon "Head 3"
image icon "Seated" (1992)
image icon "Mourning Group"

Reba Hore's works describe her emotional responses to the stimuli of her day-to-day life experiences. These stimuli might be as simple as the animals in her courtyard, the everyday lives of the people, and the folk zest of the Shantiniketan where she had spent her entire life. In other cases, they might be the spine-chilling and emotional portrayal of momentous human tragedies like the Bengal famine, which was contemporary to her times.[2]

The depictions in her paintings are deeply introspective comprehensions of the universal human drama. It reminds us, time and again, that ‘no man is an island’. Hore's work was universal which made her an artist of the people. She was also a preeminent creator and a master of the strong descriptive line. The lines & colors in her dry pastels & mixed media works seem to be hastily put together. Yet with a few apparently rough and spontaneous strokes, she evokes an entire emotional universe.[2]




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  2. ^ a b c "contemporaryart-india". Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  3. ^ "The Seagull Foundation for the Arts". The Seagull Foundation for the Arts. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  4. ^ Gupta, Gargi (23 September 2006). "Colour me red". Business Standard India. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d ArtFacts. "Reba Hore | Artist". ArtFacts. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Reba Hore | The Broken Foot Journal and Other Stories | 12 August - 4 October 2021 - Overview". Experimenter. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  7. ^ "INCA: Archive: Reba Hore". Retrieved 13 August 2021.