Modern Indian art sale: Never-before-auctioned works by Indian modernists have gone under the hammer

Several works of art by Indian modernists, including VS Gaitonde and Tyeb Mehta, will be put under the hammer for the very first time at AstaGuru’s upcoming modern Indian art sale, the auction house has announced.

Scheduled online on March 30 and 31, the auction will feature a carefully selected set of 30 masterpieces.

“The catalog offers a unique opportunity for serious collectors to acquire works appearing on the auction market for the very first time since they were acquired directly by their current owners from the artists themselves or from galleries.” Astaguru said in a statement.

Highlights of the sale include two monumental oils on canvas by Gaitonde from 1970 and 1971.

Estimated at Rs 12-15 crore, the 1970 painting takes a “minimalist approach with a largely subtle connotation with abstract shapes painted in deep blacks that seem to float on the canvas and break up the monochromatic composition of the painting.”

The second work (1971) bearing an estimate of Rs 13-16 crore, AstaGuru noted, showcases the artist’s control over the medium and mastery of the canvas to achieve a vivid creation of earthy undertones with speckles of color. bright orange looking to break through. its area.

Both works come from a very significant period in the artist’s career when he was considered to be in his most productive and experimental phase, during which his style completely shifted towards abstraction.

AstaGuru aims to offer the best works of art in our biannual Modern Indian Art Auctions, this time around being no exception.

The majority of the works in this auction have been in significant collections for decades and it is an absolute pleasure to present them to the auction market for the very first time.

“With masterpieces by renowned artists such as Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta and Husain, as well as works of art from the limited work of Hemendranath Mazumdar, Rabindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore, this catalog has been painstakingly designed to seasoned buyers looking to add unique works to their collections. These works of art are exceptional and we hope art lovers enjoy them as much as we enjoyed the conservation, ”said Tushar Sethi, CEO of AstaGuru.

Another work to watch out for on sale is an untitled 1981 masterpiece by Mehta featuring a human figure – a vital part of the artist’s vocabulary.

“The painting is a very important piece of the artist’s work and acts as a transitional piece and a precursor to his later explorations with the themes of the rickshaw puller which became an important subject of his work. “said AstaGuru. The painting is estimated at Rs 12-16 crore.

One of the first works by MF Husain, entitled Blue Ganges (1966), inspired by his stay in Benaras.

Estimated at Rs 1.5 to 1.8 crore, the work is one of the few compositions that the artist has executed on wood.

In this work, the artist captures the mystics of the ghat and the people participating in the ritual of bathing in the sacred river.

“The sensation of density of the ghats and its unique geological relief is well established. The characters in the photo frame are endowed with a sense of momentum and are well defined in Husain’s distinctive style, ”said AstaGuru.

Another key lot in the auction is an extremely rare work titled Aaj Ka Insaan by the greatest Indian modernists KH Ara from the personal collection of his daughter Ruxana Pathan. Ara, who was mainly interested in the nude form and the still life genre, deviates towards an extremely heavy approach in the presented lot.

Composed on a subdued background, the rarity of the elements in the painting forms a poetic juxtaposition, apparently ironic in correlation with the adopted subject, this being of the relationship between a human being and the always encompassing materialist world.

The artist confronts superficiality and thus grants greater space to the shadow of the human figure, while he engraves the actual form of the protagonist in a reduced proportion, the auction house said.

This extremely rare piece of the artist’s work will be auctioned for the very first time at Rs 50 – 60 lakhs.

Other featured artists include Akbar Padamsee, Manjit Bawa, Jogen Chowdhury and Jagdish Swaminathan, Anjolie Ela Menon, Krishen Khanna and Bikash Bhattacharjee.

Laura J. Boyer