Sadequain (Pakistan, 1937-1987) Three sitting figures,
Lot 24
Sadequain (Pakistan, 1937-1987) Three sitting figures,
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Lot Details
Sadequain (Pakistan, 1937-1987)
Three sitting figures, oil on canvas, signed lower right, on reverse signed and titled and inscribed Painted at Karachi/March '63, also on the reverse are two line drawings of seated women, framed, 86.5 x 101.8cm (34 1/16 x 40 1/16in).


  • Provenance:
    Private UK collection: formerly in the collection of the Parisian art dealer Jean Forges.

    By 1964 Sadequain had firmly established his footing in French art circles. 'Le Monde et Lavie' in Paris reported in its April edition, "The multiplicity of Sadequain's gifts is reminiscent of Picasso." A comparison of a young Asian artist to an important figure such as Picasso was a triumph indeed. Sadequain never looked back, and while shuttling between Europe and Asia during the mid 1960s created a significant body of work over a period of seven years that in isolation could place him amongst the most significant artists of the era.

    Sadequain was one of the first modern artists from the Indian Subcontinent to achieve international fame and at the relatively early age of thirty-one. Whilst living in Paris in the 1960s he was chosen to illustrate the novel, The Stranger by Albert Camus, a significant achievement for the artist. He was also awarded the 'Laureate Biennale de Paris' for his painting titled The Last Supper.

    That Sadequain can be compared to Picasso by the French establishment shows how his own diminutive foreignness was brushed aside by the French and his innate and monumental talent accepted as a reflection of their own great and revered master.

    This particular painting was done during the artist's prolific and progressive 'Blue and Ochre' period. Sadequain was living in between Paris and Karachi for most of the sixties and he painted a number of these mystic images during this transient period.

    Three Sitting Figures is a study of abstract figurative forms and was painted in Karachi in March 1963. The artist possibly saw it as an important and rare work as it was deemed significant enough for it to be brought with the artist to Paris. It consequently formed part of the Jean Forges collection in Paris until acquired by the present owner.

    It is dominated by shades of blue and black with the creation of form having been incised into the still wet paint, revealing the lighter and very angular abstract figures. The mystic images that Sadequain formed in this particular style of work combine surrealist forms fathoming the unconscious mind.

    We would like to thank Mr. Salman Ahmad from the Sadequain Foundation for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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