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    Sale 11512

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 47

    GANESH PYNE (1937-2013)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    GANESH PYNE (1937-2013)
    Untitled
    tempera on canvas laid on card
    9¼ x 6 in. (23.5 x 15.2 cm.) image; 9¼ x 6¾ in. (23.5 x 17.1 cm.) sheet





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    “My paintings are about mystery, beauty and agony: these are the essential elements.” – Ganesh Pyne

    “Ganesh Pyne’s treatment of the surface is made infinitely more complex by his use of the medium of gouache: a technique which builds up the texture of the canvas, applying layer after layer of transparent colours that seem to glow from within, like the shining tessarae in a Byzantine mosiac. Light becomes then the catalyst, the purifying element that burns from within to liberate the image. The use of light by Pyne becomes all the more significant because his concern lies in that ‘twilight zone’ between day and night, between life and death.” (G. Sen, Image and Imagination: Five Contemporary Artists in India, Ahmedabad, 1996, p. 146)

    Provenance

    Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTOR, LONDON


    Literature

    Rabindranath Tagore's Influence on Modern Indian Art, exhibition catalogue, London, 2011 (illustrated, unpaginated)


    Exhibited

    London, Nehru Centre, Rabindranath Tagore's Influence on Modern Indian Art, 2011