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Lot 28: Nalini Malini (b. 1946), Pregnancy

Fine Art, Design & Lifestyle (SALE 0013)

Platinum House

by Bid & Hammer

December 9, 2012

Bangalore, India

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Description: Pregnancy
watercolour on paper
Signed and dated July 85 lower left
10.50 x 14 in

Notes: Pregnancy is a prime example of Nalini Malini's figurative phase, through which she raised issues of race, class
and gender through her work. Her charged human forms constantly refer to various aspects of a woman's
experience within a larger relationship network. Here, in a typical scene of the long wait preceding labor, her
protagonist dreamily shares space with others who might share her anxiety or misgivings, bodies smoothed and
slightly blurred by Malani's light brushstroke. Malani's narrative inhabits both social reality and fable. In her early
student years, Malani illustrated short stories, and perhaps this involvement in narrative led to her clever ability
to create suspense in her works. You struggle to invent a story linking the various relationships in the picture. But
there is no one story. Many emotions are implied - pain, forbearance and anticipation.

Provenance: From a private collection in Mumbai

Artist or Maker: Nalini Malini (b. 1946)

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