Jamini Roy’s studio from the 40’s or so basically consisted only of his son Amiya (nicknamed to ‘potol’ in the classic bengali tradition of coming up with the most useless nicknames that one can find) and another (of last name chatterjee) whose job was to mix and create the tempera – AND NO ONE ELSE !!!
Most write-ups on Amrita Sher-Gil have a note on the purported relationship between her and Marie-Louise Chassany. What I do find odd is that while people love talking about the contents of her letters and highlighting her sexual preferences – I have never seen anyone identify the two portraits of Marie-Louise Chassagny at the NGMA. Continue reading Highlighting Marie-Louise Chassany
In a serious effort to “shoot myself in the foot” and stir up unnecessary controversy, have decided to also create a list of some of Francis Newton Souza’s “good” works.
Most collectors consider the 1950s-1967 as his best period. 1967 was when he had to leave for the New York as apparently his relationship with a much younger person (he was in his 40s – she was 16) was not well received by many. Continue reading Which Are Some Good Works By Francis Newton Souza ?
As a collector it would be a common thing to ask – which are the top (best) works of India’s esteemed artist – M F Husain. Continue reading Which Are M F Husain’s Best Works ?
Recording the possible disappearance of two works by Jamini Roy & Abanindranath Tagore Continue reading Jamini Roy, Abanindranath – Jewels Of Indian Art Go Missing
Raja Ravi Varma was a commercially successful portrait painter in 19th century India. He had even established a printing press to make prints of his canvases and these prints/oleographs became very popular. The spread and the popularity of his art spawned many painters who were inspired by him and took to replicate his works. This is what makes Ravi Varma so challenging given that these copies are now themselves a hundred years old. Continue reading School of Raja Ravi Varma Sells For $412000
There are nine artists considered to be National Art Treasures – The three Tagores (Abanindranath, Gananendranath, Rabindranath), Ram Kinker Baij, Jamini Roy, Nicholas Roerich, Nandalal Bose, Amrita Sher-Gil and lastly Sailoz Mukherjee (also spelled Mookherjee). Continue reading For After Amrita – There Was Sailoz
Francis Newton Souza‘s oeuvre was immense – however, the current fixation appears to be over his 1955 (or thereabouts) heads (portraits) and his landscapes. Nudes which are an important part of his oeuvre are mostly under-valued and not given their due.
Art works from the 1850s and around that time are highly sought after. Ravi Varma is of course a household name from that era.
What about our Architectural Art from that time ? Continue reading What About Our Architectural Heritage (Architecture As Art) ?