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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 54

    GULAM RASOOL SANTOSH (1929-1997)

    Divine Energy

    Price Realised  

    GULAM RASOOL SANTOSH (1929-1997)
    Divine Energy
    signed and dated '93' in Hindi and in English (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    45 x 39 in. (114.3 x 99 cm.)
    Painted in 1993


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    G.R. Santosh's paintings are widely acknowledged as prime examples of Neo-Tantrism, an artistic movement originated by the artist, K.C.S. Paniker in the 1960's. The artists were inspired by Hindu, Buddhist and Jain concepts of dualities between male and female and between macro- and microcosm. Santosh's painting is neither abstract nor representational but highly reminiscent of Indian religious imagery involving yantras, mandalas, chakras, and the lokapurusha (cosmic man).

    Provenance

    Christie's, 31 March 2005, Indian and South East Asian Art, lot 425