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ARPITA SINGH (B. 1937)
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ARPITA SINGH (B. 1937)

Man Carrying Flowers

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ARPITA SINGH (B. 1937)
Man Carrying Flowers
signed and dated 'ARPITA SINGH 93' (lower center)
oil on canvas
36 x 36 in. (91.5 x 91.5 cm.)
Painted in 1993
Provenance
Bodhi Art, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Literature
D. Ananth, Arpita Singh, New Delhi, 2015, p. 114 (illustrated)

Lot Essay

Describing Arpita Singh’s visual vocabulary as fluctuating between playful and pained, Deepak Ananth observes that in her paintings, “the poetics of free association also becomes a politics, and it is the secret tension between these registers that constitutes the enigmatic force field of Singh’s work in the last twenty years. The figure/ground gestalt becomes transposed as a chiasmus of pleasure and pain; the surface remains as delectable as ever, but the deeper structure of the paintings is keyed to motifs of desolation and death [...] Mortality stalks Singh’s pictorial world.” (D. Ananth, ‘Profound Play’, Arpita Singh, New Delhi, 2015, p. 38)

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