• South Asian Modern + Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 2299

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 21

    JAGDISH SWAMINATHAN (1928-1994)

    Untitled (Bird, Tree and Mountain Series)

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    JAGDISH SWAMINATHAN (1928-1994)
    Untitled (Bird, Tree and Mountain Series)
    signed and dated in Hindi (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    31 1/8 x 45¼ in (79.2 x 115 cm)
    Painted in 1980


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    Embracing the metaphorical quality of the Surrealists while preserving formal qualities of Indian miniatures, Swaminathan paints flat planes of bright color traversed by stylized mountains, trees, stones and an archetypal bird that defies gravity. In 1968, the artist began to fuse elements from nature in a conceptual manner, painting variations of this imagery over two decades. Referred to as The Bird, Tree and Mountain series, Swaminathan's mystical works of this period are luminous, meditative and suggestive, evoking formal facets seen in works by Paul Klee and Pahari miniature paintings.

    Provenance

    Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
    Acquired by Rolf and Ute Rettberg, Germany in 1982
    Acquired from the above by the present owner


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED KINGDOM


    Literature

    A. Jhaveri, A Guide to 101 Modern and Contemporary Indian Artists, Mumbai, 2005, p. 92 (illustrated)