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Sadequain (Pakistani, 1930–1987)
LOT ID: 67556
Skeleton, 1968

Oil, on canvas
48 х 36 in. (121.92 x 91.44 cm.)
Signed, and dated in oil paint, front upper right. This work comes with a formal certificate of authenticy and an extensive condition report (available upon request).
Lot description
"Skeleton" (1968) is a museum-level, highly important and early oil painting by revered South Asian artist Sadequain. (Pakistan, B. 1930-1987). A large human skeleton sits at the center of the canvas with knees bent, its white angular bones glow against the dark, ominous background. Heightening the intensity of the painting, a black snake slithers out of one of the skeleton's eye sockets, underscoring the ephemeral nature of life and heightening the emotional and psychological intensity of the painting. Painted in 1968, this is a very exciting, early Museum-level painting, due to its large scale, early date and singular theme, as this is the only known painting by Sadequain with a human skeleton as the primary subject. The artist's paintings are held in the permanent collections of elite Private and Museum Collections in the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (NY) and The Mohatta Palace Museum, amongst others.

Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi , known as "Sadequain" (b. Pakistan 1930) also often referred to as Sadequain Naqqash, was a world-renowned Pakistani artist, best known for his skills as a painter and a calligrapher. Sadequain died on February 10, 1987 while painting in Karachi at the young age of 57 after falling off of a ladder. He is considered one of the finest painters and calligraphers Pakistan has ever produced. He was commissioned in his lifetime to paint many monumental murals throughout South Asia, with his murals adorning some of the most famous buildings in India, Pakistan and The Middle East including the halls of State Bank, Frere Hall Karachi, Lahore Museum, Punjab University, Mangla Dam, Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, Indian Institute of Geological Sciences, Islamic Institute in Delhi, and Abu Dhabi Power House to name a few. The major 700 page book “The Holy Sinner: Sadequain” was recently published, as the third stage of a monumental project with the same title, and is the largest solo-artist project to-date in South Asia, taking place under the auspices of The Mohatta Palace Museum.
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