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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 128

    ZAINUL ABEDIN (1914-1976)


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    ZAINUL ABEDIN (1914-1976)
    signed ' Zainul 1967' and in Hindi 'Zainul' (lower right)
    ink and pastel on paper
    22 x 32½ in. (55.5 x 82.5 cm.)
    Executed in 1967

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    Zainul Abedin has been influenced by Jamini Roy, the Tagore family, Mukul Dey and Atul Bose. Throughout his work and teaching, he sought to synthesize local traditions with modern international techniques and developments in art, thus creating a new Bengali modernism. In this sketch Abedin has painted over the dark bodies with a faint line of white suggesting the skeletal insides of these fragile bodies.
    "Abedin considers his work as an 'expression' rather than a 'creation.'" (Ijaz ul Hassan, Painting in Pakistan, Pakistan, 1991, p.55.) Abedin is best known for his stark series of works executed during the Bengal Famine of 1943.


    Formerly in the collection of the late Ambassador Joseph S. Farland who served as Ambassador of the United States to Pakistan from 1969 to 1972.

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