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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 62

    RAMESHWAR BROOTA (B. 1941)

    Untitled (Ape Series)

    Price Realised  

    RAMESHWAR BROOTA (B. 1941)
    Untitled (Ape Series)
    signed and inscribed 'R. Broota (Ape Series)' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    16¼ x 18 in. (41.9 x 45.7 cm.)


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    In extreme contrast to lot 17 is this untitled work from Broota's Ape Series. In the 1970's Broota embarked upon his earlier renowned allegorical 'Ape Series,' marking a clear departure from the darker and more realistic portraiture that signified his earlier work. This series was the precursor to Broota's proto-man and showcases the artist's sense of humor. Depicting the anthropomorphic ape in telephone conversation, Broota employs these serio-comic settings to satirize pillars of society, normally the police and the judiciary as documentary on India's decadence and corruption.