Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted French President Francois Hollande a painting titled 'Tree of Life', reflecting traditional societal respect for nature in India, a statement said today.
The tree, as a divine gift central to human life, is a recurring element in Indian artistic practice, it said.
"The Tree of Life, with multiple roots and branches like a banyan tree, is a motif for a tree's benevolence, fruit, seeds, shelter, healing, procreation and regeneration faculties that sustain life and clean environment," the statement said.
France will host a meeting of Conference of Parties on UN Framework Convention on climate change in December 2015.
Bhaskar Mahapatra, who has been honoured by Lalit Kala Akademi, is inspired by his training and expertise in palm leaf painting and pattachitra.
France was the first stop in PM Modi's three-nation-tour. He will fly to Germany today, and later to Canada.