Lot Content

COVID-19 Important notice Read More
Hemendranath Mazumdar (1894 - 1948)
Henning Holck-Larsen was the co-founder of the eponymous Larsen & Toubro Limited. As a young engineer, he turned east from his native Denmark and set up the company that is today one of India's largest engineering and construction conglomerates. Aside from the company, Mr. Holck-Larsen was a leading patron of contemporary Indian art. In August 2000, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, honored Mr. Holck-Larsen for his contributions to contemporary Indian art. At a time when the Progressives and their contemporaries were just starting out, it was under the encouragement of European patrons such as Mr. Holck-Larsen, that these artists were able to grow and develop both artistically and professionally. He was also known to commission works by artists for specific spaces, and established the notion of corporate collecting in India. Mr. Holck-Larsen died at the age of 96 in his adopted homeland in July 2003. During his lifetime, he was able to combine a decidedly European sensibility with an intuitive understanding of the rich Indian aesthetic heritage. His patronage of Indian art reflected the man himself: his effervescent spirit, his eclectic outlook and most importantly, his enthusiasm for roads less traveled. Seven works from the Estate of Mr. Henning Holck-Larsen are included in the current sale. PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Hemendranath Mazumdar (1894 - 1948)


Hemendranath Mazumdar (1894 - 1948) Lady Signed 'H Mazumdar' lower right Oil and watercolor on card 21 1/8 x 14¼ in. (53.5 x 36.1 cm.)

Lot Essay

Hemendranath Mazumdar resisted the 'Indianizing' trends of the Bengal School to become a successful academic painter. The style of his paintings followed in the tradition of Raja Ravi Varma, and covered a similar range of mythological and religious themes, focusing mainly on sensual studies of women.

Paintings of semi-nude females would not have been accepted by society and he adapted his works to suit the audience of his day. To ensure that a sense of modesty was upheld in his works, Mazumdar tended to hint at nudity by draping his models in semi-transparent or wet saris, a technique that was later adopted by Indian cinema.

Before creating a full sized oil painting, Mazumdar would produce several smaller works on paper. Fully worked watercolors such as this were the final stage of his preparatory work before he transposed the image onto a larger format canvas.



View All
View All