• South Asian Modern + Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 2299

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 65

    MANJIT BAWA (1941-2008)

    Untitled

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    MANJIT BAWA (1941-2008)
    Untitled
    signed and dated 'Manjit Bawa '99' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    66 x 52 in. (167.6 x 132.1 cm.)
    Painted in 1999


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    Manjit Bawa pared figuration to its most essential elements, giving primacy to line by evoking elements of Kalighat painting whilst simultaneously exploring the saturated and gem-toned hues of miniature painting. The artist's style was further inspired by his experience as a silk screen printer during the mid-1960s, focusing on broad color planes and uncluttered forms. Manjit's oeuvre demonstrates a preference for line and form over narrative, eliminating extraneous detail in favor of an ambiguous, horizon-less space. Seemingly inspired by Durga and the Lion, this painting gathers the artist's vividly graded tonalities in service of a pristine, elegant simplicity rooted in tradition yet fantastically conceived.