Lot 52
  • 52

Manjit Bawa (1941-2008)

200,000 - 280,000 USD
221,000 USD
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  • Manjit Bawa
  • Apu
  • Signed 'Manjit' on reverse
  • Oil on canvas


Painted for the Asian Games, New Delhi, 1982

Catalogue Note

The present work by Manjit Bawa is an iconic representation of Apu, the mascot for the Asian Games hosted in Delhi in 1982. The painting was commissioned specifically for the Games, and is notable because the event was historically important for India. As in his best known works, we see a luminous, flat plane of color in the background and a subtly rendered figure in the foreground. The painting is from a critical and transformative moment in Bawa’s career, as “in the early 1980s, Bawa fulfilled an ambition he set for himself in reaction to art-school masters: he created his own figural form, distinct from the work of other artists. Drawing and plein-air sketching were central to this project” (Susan Bean, “Manjit Bawa,” Midnight to the Boom, p. 128). As always in his oeuvre, this canvas is distinguished for its bright colors reflected in the rich Indian palette.