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Some rare works by modern Indian masters fetched high prices at the recent edition of AstaGuru’s Collector’s Choice auction, proving that modernists are still influencing Indian art. Here’s a roundup of the gems that have attracted the highest bidders.

Every collector has his day. Anyone who collects Indian art only considers it a success when they get their hands on a rare work by a modern Indian master. This fact was impressively demonstrated at the recent edition of AstaGuru’s Collector’s Choice auction, which was held for the second time this year. An overwhelming success with a total sales value of INR 26,24,64,816 (USD 3,499,447) with the majority of the works selling above their estimated value; This auction certainly made waves on the art scene.

The same basic rules apply to any popular auction. The auction will go live on the website for two days. Bidders who have previously registered and completed the verification process log into their accounts and bid on the lots they are interested in purchasing. Once a bid has been submitted, it cannot be cancelled. If a collector is outbid, they can continue bidding until the closing date of their preferred lot. Closing for different sets of lots varies in time for those bidding on multiple lots at the same time. This ensures a tense finish right to the end.

The Collector’s Choice auction format is a popular auction format organized by AstaGuru due to its “No Reserve” policy, which allows experienced buyers to acquire artworks by major modern artists while also serving as an ideal entry point for new buyers to start theirs Art collecting journey. With bids starting as low as INR 20,000 and a large offering of 164 lots, this particular auction had something for everyone.

Tyeb Mehta’s painting titled “Figure”

There were no surprises in retail sales as almost all predictions came true. Modernist Tyeb Mehta’s painting entitled “figure‘ was the best-selling work, going for INR 2,92,52,927 (USD 390,039). Executed with a heavy impasto technique and a limited color palette, his canvas depicts a lonely figure. The artist created this work in 1962 while living in London when he was heavily influenced by the work of British figurative painter Francis Bacon. It was a time in his life when he was still finding his feet as an artist. The work in question appears to be a forerunner of his ‘falling figure‘ series, which he created in later years, more confident in his lines and compositions. No matter how sophisticated the technique, the melancholy of Tyeb’s character is clearly evident in this work, making it an impressive work of art.

Modern Indian art continues to have an influence on Indian art collectors

Arpita Singh’s Counting Flowers painting

Arpita Singh’s work entitled “Counting Flowers: My Benares Saree‘ also raised money and was sold for INR 1,89,81,479 (USD 253,086). Created in 1997, it is an archetypal example of the artist’s oeuvre and her peculiar color composition. In her signature style, Singh displays a range of emotions through her three colorful figures. Influenced by her work at Weaver’s Service Centers in Kolkata and New Delhi, her love of flowers, textiles and design is evident in this work. While not considered by experts to be one of her finest, it is nonetheless a significant painting for those who follow her practice.

Modern Indian art continues to have an influence on Indian art collectors

Krish Khanna

Next was an untitled work by artist Krishen Khanna, which was purchased for INR 1.20.09.586 (US$160,127). To do this, Khanna used a limited color palette to great effect, focusing on the lines of the two female figures looking out from a textured balcony. Both the human and architectural forms were emphasized, showing Khanna’s mastery of the painting’s techniques. The work was created in 1982 and is a nod to his modernist affiliations. Khanna’s strength lies in his ability to create a story from minimal material. As the last remaining member of the Progressive Artists group, the value of his work, imbued with his special charm and charisma, will only continue to rise. This is particularly evident from the fact that Khanna’s works have done very well at auctions in recent years. His decade-long solo exhibition, held at Saffronart to coincide with the 2022 India Art Fair, has been described as a study for art historians and art history students.

Modern Indian art continues to have an influence on Indian art collectors

Shankara by MF Husain

Three works by the modernist master and another member of the Progressive Artist’s Group, MF Husain, were also favored by the hammer. The first of these entitled ‘Shankara‘ was purchased for 77.03.209 INR (102,709 USD). The work, which depicts a figure holding a snake, was originally in the collection of artist Bal Chhabda, a close friend of Husain. This oil on canvas work, painted in 1961, is a wonderful example of the artist’s skill. Another untitled work of his – a diptych from his famous Mother Teresa series, dramatically depicting her iconic blue-trimmed white sari – sold for INR 55,56,260 (USD 74,083). Its powerful imagery sends out a strong message. The last of Husain’s works to rank among the top 10 pieces at auction this time was an untitled work of art, executed in acrylic on canvas, depicting a multitude of birds in flight in a scene that evoked a sense of joyous deliverance. It was sold for INR 59,55,167 (USD 79,402).

Modern Indian art continues to have an influence on Indian art collectors

Husayn’s work from his famous Mother Teresa series.

A painting from H.H. Razas’I am you‘series named’germination red“ went for INR 71,30,534 (USD 95,073). As one of the founding members of the Progressive Artist’s Group, Raza is a leading voice that helped define the language of modern Indian art as we know it. This work of his appeared for the first time in an auction, as it was purchased directly from the artist by its last owner. Raza’s geometric shapes in vibrant colors always make a strong statement. They are believed to represent the passionate colors that represent India’s rich diversity.

Modern Indian art continues to have an influence on Indian art collectors

SH Raza’s Germination Red

An exquisite 1990 creation by Jogen Chowdhury’s that sold for INR 65,50,684 (USD 87,341). Typical of his practice, this watercolor, pen and colored pencil on paper was executed in his signature hatching technique. It shows a couple in seemingly poignant silence between a conversation. This depiction of the intimacy between a man and a woman in an unusual way is a recurring theme in Chowdhury’s practice, which is why he is also referred to as a modernist master. The drama of his work lies in his strong lines and contours and his masterful blending of color and different media.

Modern Indian art continues to have an influence on Indian art collectors

Jogen Chowdhury’s painting

Other notable pieces included an untitled work by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich, depicting his favorite subject – the Himalayas shown in the hues of divine light. Also appearing at auction for the first time, it was sold for INR 49,30,254 (USD 65,736). Created in 1940, this work is a striking example of his incredible ability to fuse the essence of the physical world with that of a spiritual one. The auction also presented several sculptures by well-known modern artists. A sculpture of Lord Krishna by PV Janakiram was purchased for INR 38,68,307 (US$51,576). Three sculptures by Amar Nath Sehgal, a well-known modernist sculptor from India who has also enjoyed considerable success on international platforms, have sold for INR 31.96.948.

Modern Indian art continues to have an influence on Indian art collectors

The work of Nicholas Roerich

The swinging of the hammer always arouses enthusiasm among art connoisseurs and collectors. Now that the loud noise has ended, the works he guarded have been distributed to their various owners, and the auction has been declared a great success, it is time to look ahead… To the next auction!

Modern Indian art continues to have an influence on Indian art collectors

A sculpture of Lord Krishna by PV Janakiram

Noor Anand Chawla writes lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog www.nooranandchawla.com.

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