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Lot 11: Jamini Roy (1887 - 1972), Untitled (Standing Nude)

Fine Art, Design & Lifestyle (SALE 0013)

by Bid & Hammer

December 9, 2012

Bangalore, India

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Description: Untitled (Standing Nude)
oil on canvas
Signed lower centre
18.20 x 5.50 in National Art Treasure. Non-Exportable

Notes: The Standing Nude reflects Jamini Roy's engagement with European
Realism. This Italian fresco style work is a classic example of that period
in his career when he explored the academic style. Treated in flat pastel
tones the miniature-style statuesque nude poised in the archway
reflecting a more monumental quality is perhaps an exclusive and
unique work. For a short span in his career he worked in this style and
may not be remembered for the portraits he did in oil on canvas, largely
done to meet his cost of living in Calcutta. While Jamini Roy is known
to have never dated his work leading to much despair among historians,
this exceptional work can undoubtedly pre- date the period when he
touched the zenith of his signature style. There is strong chronological
logic of it being first experimented with in the early twenties, and then
abandoned for not being relevant to the artist's quest. What does not
escape attention is the sophistication in the figuration. It
unquestionably reflects the monumentality that he continued to bring
in his figuration recalling the quality of classical sculptures.

Provenance: From a private collector based in Kolkata. Originally acquired from a
close associate of the artist

Artist or Maker: Jamini Roy (1887 - 1972)

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