AstaGuru’s Upcoming Modern Art Auction Will Feature Over 150 Works by 75 Artists

Notice to art lovers! Here’s your chance to get your hands on some rare gems from famous modernists. Mark your calendars for November 20-21, 2021 and get ready for AstaGuru’s ‘Modern Indian Art: Collectors’ Choice’ online auction.

Showcasing a wide range of 160 outstanding artworks from eminent names in the modern Indian landscape such as MF Husain, Amrita Sher-Gil, FN Souza, Ram Kumar, VS Gaitonde, SH Raza, Krishen Khanna, Sakti Burman, KG Subramanyan, Nasreen Mohamedi, Sunil Das, KK Hebbar, Bikash Bhattacharjee and many more – the auction offers a tantalizing opportunity to add highly sought after works of art to your collection.

Bidding in this no reserve auction will start at INR 20,000. “There are different ways for a buyer to place their bids – some do it online, some opt for telephone bidding, and still others place proxy bids,” shares Sneha Gautam, Vice President – Relationships with the clientele, AstaGuru. Here are some of our favorite pieces from their upcoming sale:

Mr. F. Hussain, Family

Lot 148, Family is a larger than life acrylic on canvas portrait of a family by Husain. “The fun part of this artwork is that Husain included himself in the composition,” smiles Sneha. “We are very particular about our provenance, so the person who gave us this painting also gave us a photograph of Husain making the painting which is included in the catalog. Given the size and the year – it This is a work from the 80s – we hope it will sell for a very good price.It is estimated at 80 lakhs – 1 crore (US$111,111 – 138,889), she adds.

Anjolie Ela Menon,Pieta

Lot 121 Pieta is a 1996 painting by Anjolie Ela Menon that captures the moment Jesus was taken down from the cross, but instead of Mother Mary, it shows him resting in the arms of Mother Teresa. The artwork is valued between INR 40-50 lakhs (USD 55,556-69,444).

Sakti Burman, Seashell Mermaid

Evoking the appearance of a patinated fresco, Lot 32 Seashell Mermaid is a 1980s oil on canvas painting by contemporary Indian artist Sakti Burman. It is estimated between 4 and 5 lakhs INR (between 5,556 and 8,333 US dollars). “Burman is one of my favorite artists because I think there’s a lot of effort in his works. He mixes oils with acrylics to create a marbled effect with a mix of colors. There is a lot of poetry in his work. reveals Sneha.

Manjit Bawa, Untitled (Male)

“At the time, Manjit Bawa traveled by bicycle and took refuge in the circus because he had no money to stay in a hotel. You can see the influences of circus performers in his work. The bright colors of his paintings are inspired by pop art. Sneha gives us an idea of ​​the life of artists. Lot 48 Untitled (Man), circa 1980, will be auctioned at an estimate of INR 40 – 60 lakhs (US$ 55,556 – 83,333).

FN Souza, Untitled

Unlike many of his portraits and head paintings, which are heavily composed in his graphic and unrestrained style, Souza captures the beauty of the female form with the utmost grace and subtlety in the lot presented. This 1987 Untitled Nude Portrait of a Woman by FN Souza (Lot 136) is estimated at INR 30-40 lakhs (USD 41,667 – 55,556).

SH Raza, Bindu

Lot 156 Bindu by SH Raza is a 1982 acrylic on canvas painting that has become synonymous with modern Indian art. Valued between INR 80 lakhs – 1 crore (US$ 111,111 – 138,889), the lot presented has related connotations in the Indian philosophy of being the point of all creation; the source of space, cosmos, time and consciousness.

Mr. F. Hussain, Tribute to CV Raman

Batch 160 Tribute to CV Raman, circa 1987, is estimated between INR 10 – 15 lakhs (US$ 13,889 – 20,833). “No one would have guessed that this is a piece by Husain. He is known for his figurative paintings, but with this work he takes a more abstract route and pays homage to Indian physicist CV Raman,” says Sneha.

The auction further includes an impressive selection of sculptures by big names such as Prodosh Das Gupta, P Janakiram, Himmat Shah, Sadanand Bakre, Satish Gujral, Somnath Hore, K Laxma Goud, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar and many more .

Promising authenticity and a safe and secure platform to conduct online auctions for Indian, contemporary and modern art, AstaGuru has successfully bridged the gap between potential buyers and senders by transcending the limitations of live auctions. The entire auction catalog can be viewed on the AstaGuru website,

Photographs courtesy: AstaGuru

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