Gouache and masking tape on paper laid on board
Signed and dated 'Ganesh Haloi / 2/95' lower left and further signed and dated in Bengali lower right
65.8 x 69 cm. (25 ⅞ x 27 ⅛ in.)
Painted in 1995
Acquired from CIMA Art Gallery, Calcutta, 1995
Ganesh Haloi’s early works were predominantly landscapes, but he was later lauded as one of India’s most accomplished abstractionists. This transition from realism to abstraction took place in the late 1970s. Haloi's abstract works go beyond mere visual documentation and reflect the artist's own introverted and philosophic temperament.
The present lot is a classic example of Haloi’s practice. Using nature as its subject matter, it is replete with abstract shapes depicted in vibrant, contrasting hues, arranged in a manner reminiscent of the Constructivist canvases of artists such as El Lissitzky.
More recently, Haloi has been receiving international critical attention after his last showing at Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany.