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    Sale 7814

    South Asian Modern & Contemporary Art

    10 June 2009, South Kensington

  • Lot 16

    Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990)


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    Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990)
    ink on paper
    25 x 15 in. (63.4 x 38.8 cm.); 25 x 15 in. (63.4 x 39.5 cm.); 17 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. (44.9 x 30 cm.)
    Painted circa 1965
    Set of three works (3)

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    December 1st 1966, Jaisalmer:
    Dry space - sand
    Bare shrubs forcing existence
    Arid - richness almost complete
    Coarse, black cracks -
    Dust, skinlike earth
    Coarse sounds, filigree against sky [...]

    (NASREEN IN RETROSPECT, Ashraf Mohamedi Trust, Bombay, p. 86)

    Nasreen Mohamedi's diary entries from around the time that these works were executed allow the viewer a very personal insight into the thought processes that motivated the artist to execute these complex works. Whilst a precursor to the austere geometric paperworks of the mid-1970s and onwards, her works of the mid-1960s are an equally critical, yet often under-estimated, part of her oeuvre. This period saw Nasreen creating works of great vitality: we are presented with landscapes that are almost blown apart by quick daubs of ink and use of wash technique. There is an undeniable debt owed in this period to her training at Central St. Martins, London, and to her interaction there with the British artist Peter De Francia.
    (Text by Mortimer Chatterjee)

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    Gift from the artist to the present owner circa 1973

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