Late eminent sculptor-painter Novera Ahmed’s husband Gregoire de Brouhns will donate the late artist’s 10 paintings, those she created between 1985 and 2014 in France, to Bangladesh National Museum.
‘During the period, Novera painted around 50 very distinctive paintings and did a few sculptures,’ said Brouhns who is founding Novera Ahmed Museum in France where sculptures and paintings by Novera Ahmed will be displayed.
‘A meticulous painter, Novera painted only around 50 works all of which could have been sold but she refused to sell those as she never painted or sculpted for money’, added Brouhns, who has come to Bangladesh for the first time.
Brouhns made the announcement about donating the paintings while delivering a lecture on Novera Ahmed organised by Bangladesh National Museum at its Kabi Sufia Kamal Auditorium on Saturday morning.
Bangladesh National Museum director general Faizul Latif Chowdhury, poet-architect Rabiul Hussain and poet-journalist Sajjad Sharif, among others, were present at the event.
In his lecture titled ‘The World of Novera Ahmed,’ Brouhns also spoke on Novera’s life and works. ‘Novera’s paintings offer a window to an inner world. Novera portrayed the vibrant nature and its reflection in her
paintings. She was a great mystic, I think’, said Brouhns, who informed that different rural motifs are also present in Novera’s paintings.
Bangladesh always occupied a special place in Novera’s heart, though she never returned to Bangladesh after she left the country in 1973.
‘Novera never returned to Bangladesh as she was very disappointed and brokenhearted. However, she remained a Bangladeshi at heart till death’, said Brouhns.
‘I was told by Novera that after she returned to the then East Pakistan from London in 1956 after completing her studies, she was commissioned to design a monument in memory of the language movement martyrs. Hamid [Hamidur Rahman] assisted her. It was Novera’s idea
to build the Central Shaheed Minar resembling a mother giving her blessings to her four children’, said Brouhns.
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