Property from the Surya Collection, Mrs. Ute Rettberg

Amar Nath Sehgal


Auction Closed

October 26, 03:08 PM GMT


5,000 - 7,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property from the Surya Collection, Mrs. Ute Rettberg

Amar Nath Sehgal

1922 - 2007


Bronze and wooden base

Signed, dated and editioned 'Sehgal 5/5 1960' on reverse

Edition 5 of 5

25.4 x 22.8 x 13 cm. (10 x 9 x 5 ⅛ in.) including base

Cast in 1960

Acquired directly from the artist, Surya Galerie, Freinsheim, January 1977

Amar Nath Sehgal is a pioneer in the field of modern sculpture. The partition and witnessing the macabre killings had a profound effect on both his psyche and his art. His themes centered around the importance of human dignity and freedom, and his response to the horrors and consequences of political violence. The current lot is endowed with a human and spiritual quality that evokes a timeless essence. It is characterized by architectonic and elongated forms with flat rhythmic planes, and economic use of materials. 

'His works serve as a bridge between the artist and ourselves. They possess an expressive power that moves us into action, a particular kind of behaviour. The value of the work of art does not, however, depend finally on its public function, it also depends on its aesthetic intentions. Whereas Amarnath comments on many problems that face the mankind today, he also celebrates the infinite variety and richness of human nature...'

(P. N. Mago, Amar Nath Sehgal, Aparna Art Gallery brochure, 1999)