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Jamini Roy (Indian, 1887–1972)
LOT ID: 75237
Mother and Child, ie. circa 1960

Tempera, on card
39 х 18.75 in. (99.06 x 47.62 cm.)
Signed, in Bengali lower right corner front. The artist does not date his work. This work has the status of "NATIONAL ART TREASURE": NON EXPORTABLE ITEM FROM INDIA.
Lot description
This work has the status of "NATIONAL ART TREASURE" and is a NON EXPORTABLE ITEM FROM INDIA.
"Mother and Child" is a masterpiece tempera painting on card dating to c. 1950-60's by one of the most famous and revered Indian artists of all time, Jamini Roy (India, 1887-1972),one of the most renowned Indian artists of the twentieth century, who forged a new artistic direction for modern India. "Mother and Child" is one of Roy's largest, finest and important examples of the iconic figurative paintings to come to market with the powerful composition and use of brilliant white here against a saffron background is visually meditative and sublime as is the stunning gaze of both mother and child. This work is in excellent condition, measuring 39 x 18.75 inches unframed, is larger as professionally framed. This work is new to the secondary with the present owner a granddaughter of The Artist.

Jamini Roy graduated from the Government School of Art in Calcutta in 1908 but soon rejected the Western academic style in favor of the folk and popular culture of rural Bengal. Roy developed a distinct visual language that emphasized carefully simplified forms and balanced design. His subjects generally included the Hindu god Krishna, characters from the ancient epic Ramayana, musicians, and dancers. He drew bold calligraphic lines in a limited palette of seven colors: red, yellow ocher, cadmium, green, vermilion, gray, blue, white, and black. As in this painting of mother and child, Roy captured the essence of lower-caste and rural inhabitants with respect and dignity. His work is held in countless Museums in India, Europe and the U.S. with posthumous exhibitions including in 2012:
"Gallery Collection", Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.
"Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art", presented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai.
2011: "The Body Unbound", Rubin Museum of Art, New York.
"Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980)", Indigo Blue Art, Singapore.
"Manifestations VI", Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
"States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day", Aicon Gallery, London.
"Time Unfolded", Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi.
"Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India", San Jose Museum of Art, California, U.S.
Mother and Child by Jamini Roy
  • Mother and Child by Jamini Roy
  • Mother and Child by Jamini Roy
  • Mother and Child by Jamini Roy
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