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Indian modernist painters to shine at London sale

IANS  |  London 

An upcoming global auction here will spotlight contemporary and modern art from South Asia, with a special focus on Indian masters like Tyeb Mehta, and

The auction "South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art" will take place in on June 12. Art from private collections from Europe, India, Asia, US and would be on sale, said.

One of the most notable works from would be Tyeb Mehta's 2002 painting "Falling Figure with Bird", which manifests the sense of angst, helplessness and fear that felt at the societal violence and tragedy he experienced in the aftermath of partition.

Mehta, who died in 2009, is one of India's highest selling modernist The work's estimated price is over Rs 13 crore.

Paintings by other members of the seminal Progressive Artists' Group, a group of modernist painters who collectivised in 1947, are also going to be up for grabs.

A colossal eight feet 1958 painting, "Untitled (Village Scenes)" by Maqbool (1913-2011), would also be on sale by

The work is from a rare and seminal series of large scale works encapsulating the charm and vibrancy of the Indian countryside creating a storyboard of the nation. It is estimated to be sold for more than Rs 4.5 crore.

S.H. Raza, a renowned Indo-French artist, would also participate in the sale with two works: "Untitled (Church in landscape)" and "Untitled (Cityscape)".

Also on sale is a 1950s painting by Ram Kumar, in which the central figure, a young man in a grey suit, becomes a universal symbol of disenchantment, and sense of individualism being subsumed by the anonymous homogeneity of the city Kumar portrays him in.

The auction would also feature modern and contemporary works by from and its diaspora, spanning the period of colonial rule in the subcontinent to the present times.

This comprehensive selection includes works by Abdur Rehman Chughtai, Allah Bux, Anwar Jalal Shemza, Sadequain, Rashid Rana, Shahzia Sikander, Imran Qureshi, Waqas Khan, and Bani Abidi, among others.

Christie's, one of the pioneer auction houses to have come to the market in the 1990s, also announced on Thursday its new Managing - - who was formerly for South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art in



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 16:10 IST