PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF RANU AND NILADRI CHAKI
1887 - 1972
UNTITLED (GANESH); UNTITLED (KINGDOM OF CARDS)
Ink on paper laid on card. Unsigned; Signed in Bengali lower right
5 ⅞ x 3 ⅝ in. (15 x 9 cm.); 4 ⅞ x 3 ⅞ in. (11.9 x 9.8 cm.)
Framed: One piece- 10 ⅞ x 14 ½ in. (27.9 x 37 cm.)
There is creasing, discoloration and wear to paper commensurate with age. These works are in overall good condition, as viewed.
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Acquired from the artist's family in 1972
These are unusual sketches. Jamini Roy painted Ganesh in many forms but in general sketches of Ganesh are rare. The Kingdom of cards is inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's epic dance drama, Tasher Desh, written in 1933. It was loosely based on Alice in Wonderland which went on to become a political commentary on the stifling of freedom.