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MEERA MUKHERJEE (1923-1998)
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CHENNAI
MEERA MUKHERJEE (1923-1998)

Untitled (Spinning Yarn)

Details
MEERA MUKHERJEE (1923-1998)
Untitled (Spinning Yarn)
bronze
6 ½ x 15 ¼ x 5 in. (16.5 x 38.7 x 12.7 cm.)
Provenance
Galerie 88, Kolkata
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Lot Essay

Meera Mukherjee was a timeless innovator with an unrivalled ability to connect tradition with modernity. Linking age-old practices with contemporary life, she imbued each of her sculptures with a sense of lyricism that transported her subjects from the familiar and ordinary to the magical. The respect and compassion for the common man and the mundane that shapes this transformation stems from the artist’s conviction that art existed in every aspect of daily life, waiting to be discovered.

Through her sculptural practice Mukherjee perfected a version of the Dhokra ‘lost wax’ method of casting bronze she learnt from the tribal communities of Bastar in Madhya Pradesh, a technique that became entirely her own. Her inventive process and approach consisted of sculpting the works first in wax and then building up the surface with wax strips and rolls, to give an intricately detailed and tactile finish to the bronze in which they were eventually cast. Despite the rigidity and harshness of the metal, her sculptures maintain a delicate malleability that imbues them with a dynamic sense of rhythm.

“Meera’s world in bronze is full of movement. The viewers’ eyes do not only follow the flowing contours of the figures but also the patterns, lineatures and ornamentations animating the surfaces of her bronze sculptures. None of these figures is profane in the Western sense as all of them seem to be imbibed with something of the divine and to pulsate with flowing forces and energies.” (C. Segieth, Remembering Meera Mukherjee, exhibition catalogue, Bernried, 2012, p. 8)
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