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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 60

    RAMESHWAR BROOTA (B. 1941)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    RAMESHWAR BROOTA (B. 1941)
    Untitled
    signed and dated 'R. Broota 1963' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    31 3/8 x 20 in. (79.3 x 50.8 cm.)
    Painted in 1963


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    The earnest figure depicted in officer's uniform is Swadesh Mahan, a young Intelligence Officer instrumental in an early crackdown of criminal mafia members Sharad Shetty and Dawood Ibrahim in Mumbai in 1965.
    Broota was inspired by unsung heroes fighting corruption and asked Mahan to sit for him after seeing the officer's photograph in the newspaper.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, INDIA