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Raza's 'Paysage' to make auction debut, estimated to fetch Rs 3.15 crore

Saffronart's winter online auction will also feature works by Jagdish Swaminathan, Ram Kumar, Bhupen Khakhar and F N Souza.

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Updated: Dec 04, 2019, 10.30 AM IST
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Paysage was painted a decade after Raza moved to France and represents a period when his style was shifting towards the gestural.
Saffronart will conduct its winter online auction later this month. It will feature works by leading modern artists including SH Raza, Jagdish Swaminathan, Ram Kumar, Bhupen Khakhar and F N Souza. The auction will also include 22 works of contemporary Indian art from the Saatchi Collection, which will be offered at no reserve. These works were part of an exhibition of contemporary Indian art in Europe, titled The Empire Strikes Back, at London’s Saatchi Gallery in 2010.

Two landscapes by Raza lead the sale. Paysage (estimate: Rs 2.45 - 3.15 crore), which has never previously been seen in auction, was painted a decade after the artist moved to France and represents a period when his style was shifting towards the gestural. Painted exactly one decade later, La Terre 3 (estimate: Rs 2 - 3 crores) represents a more fluid style. It was painted during a time when Raza’s early experiences in India – as well as frequent trips to his home country – were beginning to increasingly manifest in his work.

La Terre 3 (1970) is estimated at Rs 2 - 3 crore. (Image: Saffronart)​
La Terre 3 (1970) is estimated at Rs 2 - 3 crore. (Image: Saffronart)

Jagdish Swaminathan’s Untitled (estimate: Rs 1 - 1.5 crores) from the 1970s represents his famous ‘Bird, Mountain, Tree’ series. It was part of the private collection of the Amar Mahal Museum in Jammu, which was founded in 1975 by Karan Singh and his wife.

Sculptures by B Prabha, Sadanand Bakre, KG Subramanyan and S Nandagopal are also part of the auction.
Jagdish Swaminathan’s Untitled (estimate: Rs 1 - 1.5 crores) from the 1970s represents his famous ‘Bird, Mountain, Tree’ series.
Jagdish Swaminathan’s Untitled (estimate: Rs 1 - 1.5 crores) from the 1970s represents his famous ‘Bird, Mountain, Tree’ series.

The contemporary section includes installations by artists including Tallur LN, Jitish Kallat and Reena Saini Kallat. Tallur LN’s untitled work (estimate: Rs 10.5 - 14 lakhs) is composed of torn and battered mattresses stacked on a hospital bed and is suggestive of the agonising conditions of hard labour. Jitish Kallat’s Death of Distance (estimate: Rs 8.4 - 10.5 lakhs) features a monumental one-rupee coin and five lenticular prints, highlights the unequal and disparate value of money for different strata of society.

Tallur LN’s untitled work is composed of torn and battered mattresses stacked on a hospital bed and is suggestive of the agonising conditions of hard labour.
Tallur LN’s untitled work is composed of torn and battered mattresses stacked on a hospital bed and is suggestive of the agonising conditions of hard labour.

The online auction, set to take place on December 9-10, will be preceded by viewings of select lots in New York, New Delhi and Mumbai. All lots can be viewed on the website.

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