Lot 44
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SATISH GUJRAL | Untitled

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1,000,000 - 1,500,000 INR
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Description

  • Satish Gujral
  • Untitled
  • Signed in Devanagari and dated '72' upper right
  • Mixed media on canvas
  • 70 x 82 cm. (27 ½ x 32 ¼ in.)
  • Painted in 1972

Provenance

Formerly in the Collection of Ake Thambert, founder of Indiska, Sweden
Saffronart, 14 June 2018, lot 55

Catalogue Note

In 1952 Gujral won a scholarship to apprentice at the Palacio Nationale de Belles Artes in Mexico under Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco. The ethos of political art allowed Gujral to convey his discontent with the social situation in India during the partition. This work displays the combination of the Mexican muralist style with traditional Indian iconography; a reoccurring theme in Gujral’s work from this period, and one which he used in order to resist the ever-greater encroachment of Western art ideals which were influencing Indian art at the time.  Produced in 1972, this painting was made when Gujral was featured prominently in many international solo exhibitions notably in New York, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo and Buenos Aires. This vibrant painting exhibits Gujral’s development as an artist in creating his own style, which increasingly used texture and colour as the defining feature of the composition.

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