The works of MF Husain,Vasudeo Gaitonde,Bhupen Khakhar,Jehangir Sabavala and S H Raza are being offered at Sothebys Modern and Contemporary South Asian Masterpieces Sale in June. Two of Husains works titled Jhoola and Elephants One are from the 1960s. Both represent an Indian palette using evocative brim colours and post-independence themes. While Jhoola has two women swinging on a wooden plank tied to a tree,Elephants One is a unique depiction of lord Ganesha.
Also on display for the first time in 50 years is Gaitondes Painting no. 1,which was acquired in New York in the 60s and is known to be procured from famous philanthropist John D Rockefeller III. The painting records Gaitondes hallmark style of the era,using luminous colours and simplistic landscapes. Painting no. 1 is estimated at £250,000-450,000 (Rs 2.1 crore-3.7 crore). Razas Black Moon at £50,000-70,000 (Rs 41lakh-58 lakh) graphs the artists encounter with Abstract Expressionism when he visited the United States in 1968. The title of work brings forth Razas fascination with the bindu and his childhood spent in Madhya Pradesh.
Yamini Mehta,Sothebys International Head of South Asian Art,says,Many of these works are masterpieces coming from their first owners into the market for the first time. It is a sale that offers something for everyone,with exciting estimates and opportunities for new and established collectors.
The auction will be held in London on June 11. For further details,visit: http://www.sothebys.com