Lot 47
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B. Prabha (1933 - 2001)

12,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • B. Prabha
  • Untitled (Kashmir View)
  • Signed 'B. Prabha' in five places
  • Pen, watercolor and gouache on paper
  • 7 1/2 by 27 in. (19 by 68.6 cm)
  • Executed in 1965

Catalogue Note

This panoramic composition by B. Prabha is one of the most intricate and expansive works from her important Kashmir series of the mid 1960s. As is characteristic of her most important works, this painting depicts working classes in the throes of their occupations. These people -- including fisherman, vendors, and families -- are quietly revered, their importance shown by the relatively large scale of the figures in relation to the landscape composition. Though she was a Maharashtrian artist from Bombay, B. Prabha carefully noted details of the dress and landscape of Kashmir in this work, as reflected for example in the detailed jewelry of the women. B. Prabha was one of the foremost female modernists in India after Independence, with her powerful representations of working-class women imbuing them with dignity and unusual grace.  It is interesting to note that this painting has been signed in five different places, almost as if the panoramic vignettes depicted therein constitute individual paintings.