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    Sale 11512

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 31

    JAGDISH SWAMINATHAN (1928-1994)

    Untitled

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    JAGDISH SWAMINATHAN (1928-1994)
    Untitled
    signed and dated in Hindi and English 'Swaminathan / '79' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    45 3/8 x 32 in. (115.2 x 81.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1979


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    There is something in the vast complex of our racial psyche, from the austere, crystalline poetry of our Vedic forbearers to the awesome pantheon of gods and demons, from the abstract metaphysics of Hindu thought to the threatening totems of the folk ritual, that bears its head against the wall of the Pseudoscience that our so-called intelligentsia has inherited from Modern Western culture. It is only when Indian painters tear asunder the false veil of Western progressivism that he will be able to make the "Numinous" image manifest and create art significant to us, and so to the world.

    (J. Swaminathan, 'The New Promise', Lalit Kala Contemporary 40, New Delhi, 1995, p. 20)

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, BELGIUM


    Literature

    Exhibition of Paintings by J. Swaminathan, exhibition catalogue, New Delhi, 1979 (illustrated, unpaginated)


    Exhibited

    New Delhi, Dhoomi Mal Gallery, Exhibition of Paintings by J. Swaminathan, February - March 1979