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Lot 485

Bimal Dasgupta (Indian, 1917 - 1995), Untitled, Oil and pencil on canvas, Signed and...

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Lot 485

Bimal Dasgupta (Indian, 1917 - 1995), Untitled, Oil and pencil on canvas, Signed and...

Price Realised: £2,860

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

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Lot 485


Bimal Dasgupta (Indian, 1917 - 1995), Untitled, Oil and pencil on canvas, Signed and dated 'B. Dasgupta 82' on reverse

91.1 x 76.2 cm. (35 ⅞ x 30 in.)

Painted in 1982

Provenance: The Surya Collection: Property from Mrs Ute Rettberg


Bimal Dasgupta (1917 1995) was one of the front runners of watercolour traditions in Indian art during the second half of the twentieth century. His experiments with the conventions of the medium expanded the possibilities of painting methods, beyond the components of academic realism that was instructed in art schools.


Dasgupta joined the Dhoomimal Art Gallery, which is also considered as Indias oldest private gallery, in 1943. In 1963, he joined the Delhi College of Art as a faculty and was associated with the institution for fourteen years.


The artists vast body of work underline his interest in forms, space, colour, surface and void inspired by nature rather than anthropomorphic elements. Human conditions are rarely witnessed in Dasguptas painting. Nevertheless, his appetite for diversity produced works in oil paint and acrylic, adding more flesh and body to his imagery. Regrettably, it was soon discovered that he was allergic to turpentine and therefore had to withdraw from using oil paint any further. The painting presented here is therefore from an exclusive inventory of the artists work that is rarely viewed.


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