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SADANAND BAKRE (B. 1920)
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CINCINNATI I paint as I like. It is a compelling passion with me to keep alive and I cannot help painting or sculpting. I am traditionally trained and perfectly capable of accomplishing completely realistic work. But my interest in forms has gone far beyond the dull imitations of subject matter, which to me is almost unimportant. -- Sadanand Bakre
SADANAND BAKRE (B. 1920)

Jerusalem

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SADANAND BAKRE (B. 1920)
Jerusalem
signed 'BAKRE' and signed and dated in Hindi (lower right); further signed in Hindi and signed, inscribed and titled '40 x 40 Feb 908434 "JERUSALEM" S. K. BAKRE 19 ST. HELENS GDNS LONDON W10'(on the reverse)
oil on canvas
39¼ x 39¼ in. (99.7 x 99.7 cm.)
Painted in 1969
Provenance
Aquired directly from the artist by Jo Long, Cincinnati, Ohio
Acquired from the above in the early 1980s

Lot Essay

In 1950 Sadanand Bakre moved to England along with fellow artist, Laxman Pai. London offered a range of new possibilities for him and the ready availability of painting material meant he could paint more frequently. The 1960s are often considered the most important period for his oeuvre because of his use of bold geometric lines and angular forms. Through the genre of landscape, Jerusalem captures Bakre's affinity for cubist flattened forms, playfully utilizing painted concentric frames, the center of which is inhabited by an architectonic cityscape. The angular cornices are juxtaposed against rounded arabesque towers in this abstracted landscape bathed in gold. This painting underlines Bakre's ability as a colorist, subtly combining golds and blues to create an almost orientalized atmosphere.
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