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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 55

    GANESH PYNE (B. 1937)


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    GANESH PYNE (B. 1937)
    signed and dated in Bengali (lower left)
    tempera on canvas
    21 3/8 x 19¾ in. (54.4 x 50.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1981

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    Ganesh Pyne was initially influenced by Abindranath and Gagendranath Tagore, of the Bengal school. However his style evolved towards a modernist approach away from the aesthetically pleasing watercolors which characterized his early career.
    This work from 1981 is an example of Pyne's masterful blend of styles and cultures. Pyne draws inspiration from historical events, religion and folktales. In this painting the moon echoes the round smooth white skull, while the bell symbolizes death. An aura of brooding sadness underlines his work, served by a tranquil-obsession with death.
    "True darkness gives one a feeling of insecurity bordering on fear but it also has its own charms, mystery, profundity, a fairyland atmosphere." (Ganesh Pyne, 'Conversation with Arany Banerjee,' Lalit Kala Contemporary, April 1973, in The Flamed Mosaic: Indian Contemporary Painting, Neville Tuli p. 55)