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Jagdish Swaminathan

Untitled

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

Property of a US Collector

Jagdish Swaminathan

Jagdish Swaminathan

Untitled

Untitled

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

Lot sold:

81,900

USD

Property of a US Collector

Jagdish Swaminathan

1928 - 1994

Untitled 


Oil on canvas 

Signed and dated 'J. Swaminathan ' / 89' on reverse 

36 x 29 ⅞ in. (91.4 x 75.8 cm.)

Framed: 37 ⅝ x 31 ⅝ in. (95.5 x 80.3 cm.)

Painted in 1989

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Private Collection, Mumbai
Acquired from the above

“Thus a mountain, a tree, a flower, a bird, a stone were not just objects or parts of a landscape but were manifestations of the universal.”


- Jagdish Swaminathan


(J. Swaminathan, Artist statement, 'Modern Indian Art: the Visible and The Possible', Lalit Kala Contemporary 40, New Delhi, 1995, p. 49)


With elegant bird, solitary tree, and undulating slopes, this vibrant 1989 painting is emblematic of the captivating simplicity of Jagdish Swaminathan’s Bird, Tree and Mountain series. The canvas is crisply divided into color fields, where perfect, featureless planes of brilliant red and muted yellow are accompanied by mottled green mountains and a striated hillscape. The richly saturated palette, flat picture plane and verdant imagery, demonstrate the artist’s proclivity to the methods of Pahari and Basholi miniature painting. Here, however, these elements of the miniature tradition have been re-imagined through a distinctly modern and Surrealist lens.


With fantastic coloring and disproportionate, floating motifs, Swaminathan presents us with a decidedly conceptual landscape. Indeed, underlying his Bird, Tree and Mountain series was the artist's spiritual interpretation of nature as the guide to a deeply mystifying universe. Paintings such as the current lot appear to be pictorial maps designed to help the viewer see the world in new, revealing ways. Ultimately, this enchanting, resplendent landscape imparts a painterly expression of the sublime.