Auction Alert: Masterpieces by Husain, Mehta on Sale this Winter
An M.F. Husain painting inspired by the southern state of Kerela
Art afficianados, mark December 18 and 19 on your calendar. Saffronart is currently preparing for its last sale of the year. The exhibition will focus on historically significant modern art that dates back to newly-independent India.
The top lots at Saffronart's winter auction works by MF Husain and Tyeb Mehta will lead the auction. They will be followed by those of SH Raza, FN Souza, Ram Kumar, Manjit Bawa, Ganesh Pyne and Bikash Bhattacharjee among others.
Featured on the catalogue cover is a canvas by Husain (estimated at Rs 60 lakh to Rs. 80 lakh) executed in the 1960s. It pays tribute to the southern state of Kerela through the female figure. It depicts four women seated amidst large leaves and involved in different tasks ranging from bathing to tending cooking fish. The colour palette is restricted to greens, browns and whites – the subdued hues of Kerala’s Kalyani Kutty.
A Tyeb Mehta piece that dates back to 1961
Another highlight of the auction is an untitled painting by Tyeb Mehta (Rs 1.6 crore to Rs. 1.9 crore) that represents one of the earliest phases of his figuration. It stands devoid of the sharp lines and bisecting diagonals that were to become the artist’s hallmark. Featuring an almost monochromatic palette, it depicts seated female figure. As one arm pillows her head and the other rests on her raised knee, she comes across as symbol of despondency.
The online auction will be accompanied by private viewing in Mumbai, New Delhi and New York. The aim is to create a cultural bridge to India for both global Indian diaspora and International community.
The winter auction will be held on December 18 and 19, 2012 on www.saffronart.com.