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Jogen Chowdhury (b. 1939)
Butterfly
Signed in Bengali upper middle and dated '1974-88 JOGEN' upper right and further dated and inscribed '1974-'88 "Butterfly" 61 x 61 cm. By Jogen Chowdhury New Delhi Ratanpalli Santiniketan WB INDIA 731235' on reverse
Oil on canvas
24 1/8 x 24 1/8 in. (61.3 x 61.3 cm.)

Lot Essay

The butterfly is a recurring theme in Jogen's works and begins to reappear in the mid-seventies. It represents a symbol that belongs equally to the world of dreams as much as life. The painting is a curious mix of still life and movement, that contributes to an almost hypnotic effect. As the artist states: 'There is also a tremendous power in the stillness of an object. A force that is no less than apparently an object in great speed. Stillness is a form of a speed while not in force. It has the possibility of the force in a different form.' (Geeti Sen, 'Reminiscences of a Dream, Jogen Chowdhury', Image and Imagination Five Contemporary Artists in India, Ahmedabad, 1996, p. 62.)
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