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Bashir Mirza (Indian, 1941–2000)
LOT ID: 63398
Untitled (Portrait of a Woman), 1995

Oil, on canvas
36 х 24 in. (91.44 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, other, and dated '95 front right. A certificate of authenticity accompanies this piece.
Lot description
Bashir Mirza. "Untitled (Portrait of a Woman)". Oil on Canvas. 1995.
Unframed dimensions: 36 in x 24 in (91.4cm x 61 cm).
This work is professionally framed and in very good condition.


"Portrait of a Woman" a vibrant and large-scale figurative, oil painting by famous Post-Modern and Contemporary Pakistani artist Bashir Mirza (1941-2000), who was known for his ability to paint in diverse artistic styles, including abstraction, realism, and non-objective art. His most important works are his colorful figural, cubist-inspired works, and this intense, cropped portrait of a nude seated woman is a powerful example of Mirza's best paintings. This work combines the colors and palette of South Asia, purple, yellow, magenta, blue, with Western-influenced techniques. Infused with an stunning emotional symbolism and a brilliant palette, Mirza's definite brush strokes in this painting span from incredibly energetic to the tightly controlled. In turn, an oil painting by the artist is rare, as he tended to paint most often in acrylic.

The artist has been the subject of many Museum and Gallery exhibitions world-wide, with solo and group shows at the Seoul Museum (Seoul, Korea), Ejaz Art Gallery (Lahore, Pakistan), and Majuma The Art Gallery (Karachi, Pakistan), among others. The artist was posthumously honored in 2006, when Pakistan Post issued stamps with the portraits of Mirza and 9 other famous Pakistani artists.
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