PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, SWITZERLAND
1909 - 1966
DAUGHTER OF THE SOIL
Oil on board. Signed, dated and stamped 'MANISHI / DEY / 1956' lower right and bearing the artist's seal. Further bearing the artist studio label on reverse
19 ⅞ x 13 ⅞ in. (50.7 x 35.4 cm.)
Framed: 21 ⅛ x 15 ¼ in. (53.7 x 38.7 cm.)
Painted in 1956
There are two small areas of loss to pigment in the upper left corner, one with fine craquelere. Minor scratches in the work, notably in the upper right corner, and along the left edge. The main figure of the woman is in near perfect condition. There is wear along the edges together with a small loss to the board in the lower left corner which appears inherent. This is covered by the frame.
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Acquired directly from the artist by Ms. Sonia Melnikova-Raich and Mr. David Raich in Bangalore, India in 1957
Acquired from the Raich Family
Manishi Dey, younger brother of Mukul Dey, was a student of Nandalal Bose and Abanindranath Tagore at Santiniketan where he mastered the methods of the Bengal School, namely the wash technique and woodcuts, as seen in his early works. In the late 1940s, his interaction with the members of the Progressive Artists Group of Bombay resulted in a break from the visual idioms popularized by Bengal school and marked a new phase of experimentation with medium such as oils on canvas.
Dey’s paintings, graphics and drawings have found their way in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, and the Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka.