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Lot 564: SADEQUAIN (1930-1987)
South Asian Modern+Contemporary Art
September 16, 2009
New York, NY, USA
Untitled (Group of Standing Figures)
oil on canvas
36 7/8 x 51 1/8 in. (93.7 x 130 cm.)
Painted in 1963
Property from a private collection, United Kingdom
In the October 16, 1962 edition of the Le Figaro, Paris, the renowned art critic Raymond Cogniat wrote: "Sadequain adds up the impression of space, density, volume and reality of matter, which transforms an abstract thought into a material fact..." Sadequain in his own words was primarily a figurative painter, who infused his works with allegorical significance. This painting dates from one of Sadequain's most critically acclaimed phases: the Blue and Ochre Period and is part of a 1963 series of paintings titled Group of Standing Figures. The ethereal, anthropomorphic shapes appear to merge into each other via a complex, intertwining maze of forms; and the scratched surface treatment, combined with transformed calligraphic imagery is similarly characteristic of the artist's style.
Gifted by the artist in 1971 to Begum Akhtar Riazuddin: founder of the Behbud Association in Pakistan and writer who received an Adamjee Award, following her request to the artist for a cover design of Dhanak Par Qadam
Acquired from the above by the present owner