Lot 76
  • 76


30,000 - 50,000 USD
22,500 USD
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  • Imran Qureshi
  • Untitled 
  • Signed and dated in Urdu lower center
  • Ink and gouache on wasli paper 


Acquired from Rohtas II, Lahore in early 2000s

Catalogue Note

This painting was completed by Imran Qureshi as a 3rd year student of miniature painting at the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore, Pakistan. As part of the curriculum designed jointly by Zahoor ul Akhlaq and Ustad Bashir Ahmed, students were required to practice by making copies of the old miniature paintings with some alterations. They were also encouraged to borrow between paintings. Imran Qureshi is currently Assistant Professor of Miniature Painting in the Fine Arts Department of NCA. Qureshi's treatment of clothing and jewelry is exquisite, in particular the detailing of the tie cloth around the waist. The double border has been kept simple in lighter shades, in order to not take away from the portrait. The face is rendered dark as, Imran likely wanted to use the color of the paper (wasli) he chose as the base of this painting, and balanced it in the figure as well, by using it as the skin tone.