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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 14

    JAMINI ROY (1887-1972)

    Untitled (Mother and Child)

    Price Realised  


    JAMINI ROY (1887-1972)
    Untitled (Mother and Child)
    signed and dated in Bengali (lower right); bearing Chemould Gallery, Bombay label (on the reverse)
    gouache on paper
    28¾ x 13½ in. (73 x 34.2 cm.)

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    It was only at the age of thirty four that Jamini Roy began to paint in the style he is known for today. Growing up in Bengal, he was always familiar with folk art, but it was only in the 1920's that he began to experiment with traditional folk techniques. He then began to use a characteristically bright palette to create flat planes of color within his images; the outlines of which are defined with strong black lines. "The enclosure of the bright spaces in thick black lines gives the color areas an added luminosity like that of stained glass." (Jaya Appaswamy, Jamini Roy: A Homage, Lalit Kala Contemporary 15, February 1973, p. 45)
    This lot and lot 11 in the sale are charming depictions of typical Indian village life which have universal appeal, whether the wedding scene of lot 11 or the simple sari clad mother with child in arms, possibly Roy's homage to the Pieta.


    Mr. Lavezzo was posted to India as Director of Lauro Lines Shipping from 1958 to 1964. He spent the first two years establishing the business in Cochin and Calcutta and later made Mumbai home. Mr and Mrs Lavezzo traveled extensively during their time in India and were great patrons of the arts. This work was acquired directly from the artist and has since acquisition been in the family collection.

    Pre-Lot Text