• South Asian Modern + Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 2299

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 33

    ABDUR RAHMAN CHUGHTAI (1894-1975)

    Untitled (Kashmiri Woodcutter)

    Price Realised  

    ABDUR RAHMAN CHUGHTAI (1894-1975)
    Untitled (Kashmiri Woodcutter)
    signed 'Rahman Chughtai' (lower left)
    etching on paper
    17 7/8 x 11 3/8 in. (45.4 x 28.9 cm.)


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    This etching by Chughtai illustrates the artist's extraordinary skill as a draughtsman. Featuring a Kashmiri woodcutter, the work's intricacy is reminiscent of the prints of Aubrey Beardsley, whose dense linear designs had become very fashionable in both Europe and India at the beginning of the twentieth century. Chughtai's etchings were printed in extremely small editions, rarely numbered. This print is among his largest etchings.
    Chughtai elegantly depicts a common sight in Kashmir, a woodcutter shown in his traditional robe, sack and axe, his back curving under the weight of his task.

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by Jiro Inagawa, during his tenure as the Japanese Consul General in Lahore, Pakistan in 1955 - 57
    Thence by descent


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, JAPAN