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Jamini Roy (Indian, 1887–1972)
LOT ID: 78675
Sitting Gopini, ie. circa 1965

Tempera, on paper board
27.25 х 39.75 in. (69.22 x 100.96 cm.)
Signed, in Bengali lower right corner front. The artist does not date his work. THIS WORK CANNOT BE EXPORTED FROM INDIA DUE TO ITS STATUS AS A NATIONAL TREASURE.
Lot description
"Sitting Gopini" (1965)is a masterpiece tempera painting on cardboard paper 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. "Sitting Gopini" is one of Roy's largest, finest and important examples of the iconic figurative paintings to come to market. This work measures 27.25 x 39.75 unframed, is framed and matted. Please note that the top corners of the painting (under the matte board) have very minor paint loss. Otherwise, the work is in perfect condition. This work is new to the secondary market, with the present owner a grand-daughter of The Artist.

He 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, vermillion, 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.
Sitting Gopini by Jamini Roy
  • Sitting Gopini by Jamini Roy
  • Sitting Gopini by Jamini Roy
  • Sitting Gopini by Jamini Roy
  • Sitting Gopini by Jamini Roy
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