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Gaitonde’s 'Untitled', estimated at Rs 30 cr, to go under the hammer; Khakhar's 'Tradesman' to debut

Works by Ram Kumar, SH Raza and KH Ara will also be on auction.

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Updated: Aug 26, 2019, 06.18 PM IST
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The green 60 x 40 inch oil painting was created during the height of Gaitonde’s career.
Saffronart will host two successive live auctions featuring works by some of the most celebrated modern Indian artists on September 12 at The Oberoi in New Delhi. The Day Sale features works from the estate of Francis Newton Souza, and is dedicated solely to the artist. The Evening Sale offers masterpieces by VS Gaitonde, Bhupen Khakhar, Ram Kumar, SH Raza and KH Ara among other leading modernists.

While the Day Sale showcases the evolution of Souza’s extensive oeuvre through his drawings and works on paper, chemical alterations, a canvas and mixed media, the Evening Sale will be a big pull as well as there is a large never-before-seen work by Bhupen Khakhar titled Tradesman, 1986 (Lot 41) estimated at INR 3.25 - 4.25 crores (USD 471,015 - 615,945), belonging to a period when Khakhar portrayed the everyman. The oil on canvas painting will come under the hammer for the first time.

The never-before-seen work by Bhupen Khakhar titled Tradesman, 1986 (Lot 41) is estimated at Rs 3.25 - 4.25 crore.
The never-before-seen work by Bhupen Khakhar titled Tradesman, 1986 (Lot 41) is estimated at Rs 3.25 - 4.25 crore. (Image: Saffronart)

Another highlight of the show will be V S Gaitonde’s Untitled, 1982 (Lot 12), which is estimated at INR 20 - 30 crores (USD 2,898,555 - 4,347,830). The green 60 x 40 inch oil painting was created during the height of Gaitonde’s career. The painting also comes under the hammer at a significant time in the Indian art calendar, with an ongoing exhibition titled V S Gaitonde: The Silent Observer at the Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, CSMVS in Mumbai.

Commenting on the auctions, Minal Vazirani, Saffronart President and Co-Founder said, “We are pleased to be presenting two back-to-back auctions in New Delhi. The curated selection explores a turning point in the trajectory of modern Indian art, celebrating the aesthetic and visual vocabulary of artists.”

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