• South Asian Modern+Contemporar auction at Christies

    Sale 2194

    South Asian Modern+Contemporary Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 503

    JAMINI ROY (1887-1972)

    Untitled (Yashoda and Krishna)

    Price Realised  


    JAMINI ROY (1887-1972)
    Untitled (Yashoda and Krishna)
    signed in Bengali (lower right)
    gouache on card
    29 5/8 x 21 1/8 in. (75.4 x 53.9 cm.)

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    Father of the folk renaissance in India, Jamini Roy created an alternative vision of modern Indian identity. Born in 1887 in the culturally rich Bengal district of Bankura, the artist was deeply influenced by an omnipresent folk tradition. He enrolled at the Government School of Art, Calcutta and received his diploma in 1908.
    One of Abanindranath Tagore's prolific students, Jamini Roy gained particular acclaim not only amongst Indians, but also with visitors to India. His reinterpretations of traditional Bengal folk paintings, or pata, and Kalighat paintings are remarkable in their simplicity, comprising natural pigments and highly expressive, sweeping lines. Bold and vibrantly colorful, his works are a modern celebration of indigenous traditions notably evident in the present work.
    (P. Mitter, The Triumph of Modernism: India's Artists and the Avant-garde, 1922-1947, London, 2007, p. 103 a similar version dated circa 1920s, illustrated)


    Acquired directly from the artist by Bashir Saigol, Calcutta, pre-1950s
    Thence by descent to the present owner

    Pre-Lot Text