The Sotheby’s spring 2012 sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art offers a broad overview of Modernist art from the subcontinent. Featured in the sale are paintings by leading Modernists -- M.F. Husain’s expressionist landscape Udaipur (1962) from the Rajasthan Series; his brooding, deconstructionist portrait of close friend Abdur Rahman in Scientist (1965) alongside F.N. Souza's homage to the female form in the epic Temple Dancer (1957). The centerpiece of the sale is the monumental canvas by S.H. Raza, Village with Church (1958), formerly in the collection John D. Rockefeller III. One of Raza’s largest early works to come to the market, Village with Church represents the apex of his early experimentation with form and color.
Of particular interest however are the underrepresented modernist pioneers, those artists that had looked inward to the country's spiritual core for inspiration. We are pleased to offer significant works by Prabhakar Barwe, H.A. Gade, A. Ramachandran, G.R. Santosh, Sohan Qadri and Avinash Chandra. We pay special tribute to Bengal, the heart of contemporary innovation since the beginning of the 20th century, with works by renowned artists such as Hemendranath Mazumdar, Bikash Bhattacharjee, J.P. Gangooly and Ganesh Pyne.