This work is unique
Untitled is distinguished by its impeccable provenance having been in the private collections of two of India’s greatest economists, Professor A. K. Dasgupta, a founder of the Economic and Political Weekly, and later the Chief of the Asia Division of the International Monetary Fund in the 1950s; and his son-in-law, Dr. I. G. Patel the former governor of the Reserve Bank of India and Director of the London School of Economics and a recipient of India’s Padma Vibhushan.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the artist's family
Hailing from a body of work in marble, and conceived almost half a century ago, this Untitled sculpture reflects both, a continuance of past explorations and a new direction in Chaudhuri’s mature sculptural practice. Conceived during a time of intense creative activity during Chaudhuri’s sculpting workshop on marble, the two contrasting interlocking marble sections, depicting two figures in profile conjure up visions of eternal lovers in the throws of an infinite embrace. This work straddles a fine line between formality and playfulness, and at the same time strikes a balance between dynamism and gravity.
The simplicity and functional purity of each marble section appears in stark contrast to the shamanistic undertones that this piece broadcasts. For the period that it was created in, Untitled is rare both for the material used, and composition. Charles Fabri in an article has said of sculptors and Chaudhuri, 'The few outstanding sculptors of India today who try to make a difficult living, have come to realise, I believe, that the greatness of their ancestors is not easy to challenge. Fresh creative power is needed, and a bold departure from down on earth realism, always despised by ancient Indian art. The greatest among them, Mr. Dhanraj Bhagat and Mr. Sankho Chaudhuri, are creating memorable works of high originality.' (C. Fabri, ‘Art in India Today’, Design Magazine of the Arts, Ed. P. Singh, Vol. 4 , No. 1, 1959, p. 11)
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