Lot 11
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K. G. SUBRAMANYAN | Untitled

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  • K. G. Subramanyan
  • Untitled
  • Signed in Tamil lower centre
  • Oil on canvas pasted on board
  • 58.4 x 48.2 cm. (23 x 19 in.)
  • Painted in 1965


Acquired from Dhoomimal Art Gallery, Delhi, 2018

Catalogue Note

‘[K. G. Subramanyan] postulated modernism as a situation ensuing from post-industrial cross-cultural contacts that necessitates a continual rethinking of art concepts and art language’. (R. Siva Kumar, K. G. Subramanyan – A Retrospective, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2003, p. 11) Born in Kerala in 1924, K. G. Subramanyan studied at Kala Bhavana, the Institute of Fine Arts of Visva-Bharati University, in Santiniketan. He went on to lecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda, briefly living in London as a research fellow in 1956 and in New York as a Rockefeller fellow in 1966. Subramanyan returned to Santiniketan in 1980 and was a professor there until his retirement in 1989. His artistic output throughout his career exhibits a fusion of eastern folklore with western Modernism. The influence of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse is readily evident in his abstracted and vibrant compositions. The Cubist aesthetic in the present work is complemented by a colour palette that is reminiscent of Iznik and Persian tiles.