• South Asian Modern+Contemporar auction at Christies

    Sale 2194

    South Asian Modern+Contemporary Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 582

    MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (B. 1915)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (B. 1915)
    Untitled
    signed in Hindi (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    34½ x 48 in. (121.9 x 87.6 cm.)
    Painted circa 1965


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    The present work relates to the subject of bathers popular among European Modernists. However, in making this subject his own, Husain's greater emphasis is on classical Indian sculpture. Discussing the classical stance of tribhanga (three bends) in temple sculpture, Husain notes that "in the East the human form is an entirely different structure ... the way a woman walks in the village there are three breaks ... from the feet, the hips and the shoulder ... they move in rhythm, the walk of a European is erect and archaic." (P. Nandy, The Illustrated Weekly of India, December 4 - 10, 1983)

    Provenance

    Acquired from Chemould, Park Street in Calcutta in early 1966


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE CAPTAIN FAMILY COLLECTION