Lot 47
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SHIAVAX CHAVDA | Untitled (Set of Three Dancers)

5,000 - 7,000 USD
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  • Shiavax Chavda
  • Untitled (Set of Three Dancers) 
  • Signed and dated 'S. Chavda / 1957' lower right; Signed and dated 'S. Chavda / 1956' lower left; Signed and dated 'S. Chavda / 1957' lower left
  • Gouache and pastel on paper laid on card; Gouache and pastel on paper laid on card; Watercolor on paper laid on card; 
  • 18¾ x 13⅝ in. (47.2 x 34.7 cm.); 19⅛ x 13⅝ in.(49.2 x 34.5 cm.) 19⅞ x 13⅛ in. (50.7 x 33.2 cm.)
  • Painted in 1957; Painted in 1956; Painted in 1957


Private Collection, Somerset, United Kingdom  
Sotheby's London, 17 June 1998, lots 119 and 120 

Catalogue Note

Shiavax Chavda hails from an earlier generation than the Bombay Progressives. He joined the Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1930 and five years later, he went to London and attended the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1937 he moved to Paris to study at the Academie de la Grande Chaumière. Chavda also traveled extensively around India. The beautiful temple carvings, the artistic traditions that spanned millennia and the colorful lives of the rural people, all informed his unique style. Like many artists that moved abroad and soaked in the Western Avant-Garde, Chavda's artistic production also evolved from realism towards imbuing his paintings with the charm and personality of his subjects. He deftly captured musculature and movement in sparse strokes, as one can see in the current lot. These works are from a series of nine brush drawings by Chavda, of his wife, who was an exponent of Bharat Natyam.

In 1945, Chavda held his first solo exhibition in Mumbai and then later went on to exhibit London, Paris, Switzerland and even in Indonesia and Singapore. His works were featured in the UNESCO International exhibition in 1946 and the Salon de Mai in 1951.