BIREN DE (1926-2011)
signed and dated ‘Biren de ‘57’ (lower left); further titled, dated and signed ‘“Widows” 1957 / BIREN DE / Biren de ‘57’ (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
26 ¾ x 42 ¼ in. (67.9 x 107.3 cm.)
Painted in 1957
Private Collection, New Delhi
Heart Intuitive Logic, 27-28 November 1999, lot 198
Acquired from the above by the present owner
The Window is Open, exhibition catalogue, Bombay, 1998, p. 12 (illustrated)
Bombay, The Window, The Window is Open, 4-16 February 1999

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Lot Essay

Biren De's paintings from the 1950s "are of stylized figures in a compressed space. The figures and the environment are bound together by a strong grid of black lines, the colours, which are filled in are militant and cannot be ignored. They are either somber or luminous; the figures are sharply modeled and have a peg like three-dimensionality. Each part of the figures is distinct and to a certain degree a symbol of itself, yet it is united and belongs to a whole.” (J. Appaswamy, Lalit Kala Contemporary, no. 6, April 1967, pp. 28-30)

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