Prinseps modern art auction, featuring works by MF Husain and Manjit Bawa, reports Rs 5 crore-Art-and-culture News, Firstpost


The auction had also featured the 1950 manuscript of the Constitution of India, which brought in Rs 27.5 lakhs, more than three times its auction estimate.

Lady with a Bird by Manjit Bawa, 1999. Image courtesy of Prinseps

New Delhi: The recent Prinseps modern art sale saw an exceptional sale of 90%, reaching a total of Rs 5 crore, according to a statement from the auction house.

The sale included a total of 43 lots, including paintings, sculptures and manuscripts by modern Indian artists such as MF Husain, Manjit Bawa and Prabhakar Barwe, among others.

The sale was led by the iconic painting of Bawa Lady with the bird (1999) which sold for Rs 1.87 crore.

The painting depicts a simple figure of a woman holding a bird and is notable for its use of bright pastel colors and the interplay between the limbs, anatomy and space of the figure, Prinseps said in the release.

“Appearing on the market after two decades, the painting is an exemplary example of an artist whose work is rarely seen at auction … It was our finest auction to date with 90 percent of the items sold. good results clearly demonstrate that the demand is there in the market and testify to the fact that our team seeks exemplary work with strong origins, ”said curator Indrajit Chatterjee.

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The sale of Prabhakar Barwe was also part of the sale. Whisper Green, a vivid mixed technique on canvas painted by the artist in 1974.

Barwe used matches to create a uniform abstract design on a smooth green background.

The work reached its highest estimate at Rs 75 lakhs.

that of Husain king of hearts went for a whopping Rs 56.25 lakhs, a solid result for a debut work that showed the strength of the artist during his formative years.

Ganesh Pyne’s 350-page diary, which offered a fascinating glimpse into his life, sold for Rs 68.75 lakhs, exceeding his top estimate.

The auction had also featured the 1950 manuscript of the Constitution of India, which brought in Rs 27.5 lakhs, more than three times its auction estimate.

Other notable works include that of Bikash Bhatacharjee Untitled (1992) work that demonstrates the artist’s concern for feminine beauty through the textural effects of pencil and pencil on canvas, and the work of Pradosh Dasgupta Lovers (1978), a centerpiece of Indian sculpture by one of the great 20th century artists of Bengal.


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