Lot 14
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PIRAJI SAGARA | Untitled (Cityscape)

1,500,000 - 2,000,000 INR
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  • Untitled (Cityscape)
  • Signed and dated ‘P. C. Sagara 67’ lower right
  • Mixed media on board
  • 86.3 x 119.3 cm. (34 x 47 in.)
  • Executed in 1967


Acquired from Satyan Art Gallery, Baroda, 9 June 2008

Catalogue Note

Piraji Sagara trained at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay, and taught at the School of Architecture in Ahmedabad. He went on to participate in the Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil in 1971. Piraji came from the Sagara community who arrived in Ahmedabad from Rajasthan at the start of the twentieth century and were known for their skill in cutting and shaping objects out of wood. The artist's initial experiments with ornamental scrap, metal and wood resulted in the development of his distinctive ‘wood collages’. These works raised the craft traditions of his ancestors to the level of high art. The current lot depicts a riverside cityscape. The geometric forms of the houses are painted in blues, greens and greys, and outlined by – and indeed contrasted with – bright red borders. This vibrant red is echoed in the bright sun. The work is also marked by its rich texture, a trademark of Sagara.