Lot 12
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BENODE BEHARI MUKHERJEE | Untitled (Karnaphuli)

4,000 - 6,000 USD
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  • Benode Behari Mukherjee
  • Untitled (Karnaphuli) 
  • Signed, dated and inscribed in Bengali lower left
  • Ink and watercolor on silk pasted on paper 
  • 8⅞ x 12¾ in. (22.5 x 32.5 cm.)
  • Painted in 1950


Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
Sotheby's New York, 16- 17 September 1998, lot 325

Catalogue Note

Benode Behari Mukherjee is a Bengali artist whose students included Somnath Hore, K.G. Subramanyan and renowned filmaker Satyajit Ray. The current lot is a typical example of the artist's oeuvre, depicting a village in the foothills in his elegant, stylised aesthetic. Redolent of oriental ink paintings, the work offers a glimpse of rural life and captures villagers going about their daily chores in an idyllic mountain setting.  The artist uses freehand lines of calligraphic ink in conjunction with bright patches of color to capture the luminosity of the landscape. The freedom with which color is applied also seems to create a sense of liberation, echoing the feeling of being present in such a terrain. Mukherjee's style is characterized by its easy marriage of Far Eastern techniques with the lavish brushstrokes of European colorists, recalling the work of masters such as Chinese artist Qi Bashi and the renowned Fauve painter Maurice de Vlaminck.