Edition 6 of 9
Cast posthumously circa 2000s from original maquette as per artist's process by artist's estate
The present lot is part of a series of iconic ovoid bronzes he did through the 1970s, creating multiple renditions of a stylised figure, both as maquettes and bronzes. Commenting on his figures, Das Gupta explained that, “Though the form here has been abstracted to a large extent, the theme or the content has not been lost sight of. I have tried to integrate the content with the ovoid form.” (P. Das Gupta, Prodosh Das Gupta: Sculptures & Drawings, Ed. V. K. Jain, Kumar Gallery (P) Ltd., New Delhi, 2008, p. 82). Das Gupta creates an elegant silhouette for the three cloaked figures, and while its overall composition appears to be abstract, with Sun Worshippers, Das Gupta retains many of the anatomical features on the figures especially their faces which have been distilled to purely geometric ovoid shapes while the bodies are evocative of an ancient Egyptian column or one of Jamini Roy's renditions of women.
Sun Worshippers is a classic example of a work by an artist at the pinnacle of his career, and bears strong aesthetic and lyrical semblances to the work of Constantin Brancusi and Barbara Hepworth.
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