Edition 5 of 9
Cast posthumously circa 2000s from original maquette as per artist's process by the artist's estate
Female figures in Das Gupta’s oeuvre more often than not took the role of the mother. In the same vein as his The Mother (1939) and Mother & Child (1949 and 1971), the present lot, Das Gupta’s depiction of a reclining female from 1976, Mother and Child Reclining is a classic example of his mastery of biomorphic form that melds the human form into his sculpted works. 'A form must be defined by an outline, and this outline must necessarily have a rhythm of its own, or remain lifeless. In every case, whether it be his abstract sculptures, or his geometric simplifications of the late 1970s and 80s, his works are governed by a precise rhythm that infuses them with life. Their dynamism, volume and swelling, potent with inner growth, remain hallmarks of Prodosh Das Gupta’s art.' (A. Bhowmick, ‘An Artist of the Indian Renaissance’, Prodosh Das Gupta: Sculptures & Drawings, Edited by V. K. Jain, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2008, p. 22). Emerging from this curving sinuous bronze, is an arrestingly beautiful tableau of a reclining, almost Madonna-like female figure resting languidly on its base with exaggerated hips and torso, protectively cradling her infant child, coupling a compassionate study of motherhood with modern execution.
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