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
One of the members of the Progressive Artists’ Group, Sadanand Bakre joined the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai at the age of 19. It was here that art critic Rudi von Leyden introduced him to American and European Modernism, both of which influenced his work profoundly. When Bakre moved to England, he expanded his artistic possibilities and started to use paint as a medium of expression. In England, he became associated with the New Vision Group, a collective of abstract artists.
Lot 730 and 731 were both executed in the 1960s, when Bakre was at the peak of his career. During this period, Bakre was exhibiting on the international stage, and the two paintings on offer display his signature style of landscapes of the period. Combining geometric forms with bold black outlines, Bakre dissolves his cathedral like cityscape into deep color fields. The corniced, flattened outlines appear etched against a background of muted, sombre tones that draw the viewer into an ethereal reality.