When the artist Ganesh Pyne (1937-2013) died in Kolkata on March 12, the newspapers and television channels were full of praise for his prodigious painterly gifts. The exercise was well-intentioned, but clich├ęd. It mainly revealed the obvious about the artist. Opinions were trotted out about the influence of Abanindranath Tagore and his uncle Gaganendranath and, of course, Rembrandt and Paul Klee. Rembrandt was mentioned because like the 17th century Dutch master of realism, Pyne too p