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‘Untitled: Lady’ is a wonderfully evocative gouache on card by one of India’s most celebrated artists, Jamini Roy. The work depicts an Indian beauty seen from the side with her head covered by a sari. The work is painted with simple and elegant lines that suggest with great efficiency the curve and form of the lady.

Jamini Roy was born in Bengal in 1887 into a middle-class family of land-owners. When he was sixteen he was sent to study at the Government School of Art in Calcutta. He was taught to paint in the prevailing academic tradition drawing Classical nudes and painting in oils and in 1908 he received his Diploma in Fine Art. However, he soon realised that he needed to draw inspiration, not from Western traditions, but from his own culture, and so he looked to the living folk and tribal art for inspiration.

He was most influenced by the Kaiighat Pat, with its bold sweeping brush-strokes. He moved away from his earlier impressionist landscapes and portraits and between 1921 and 1924 began his first period of experimentation with the Santhal dance as his starting point. His new style was both a reaction against the Bengal School and the Western tradition. His underlying quest was threefold to capture the essence of simplicity embodied in the life of the folk people; to make art accessible to a wider section of people; and to give Indian art its own identity. He was awarded the Padma Bhusan in 1955. His work has been exhibited extensively in international exhibitions and can be found in many private and public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He spent most of his life living and working in Calcutta. Jamini Roy died in 1972.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Tears / Holes
Date: Old
Area: Margin
Location: Lower right
Notes: Small semi circular tear to the top left corner of the border.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • The Artist Artist's Grandson Private Collection, London
  • Pickup Location: United Kingdom
  • Shipping Dimensions: 35.15 x 24.7 in. (89.28 x 62.74 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Glass
Accepted: Wire Transfer
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