Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art / Jamini Prokash Gangooly (Indian, 1876-1953) Untitled (Himalayan Landscape)
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For a similar work sold at Christie's see South Asian Modern & Contemporary Art, London, 26th May 2016, lot 24.
Jamini Prokash Gangooly was part of the extended Tagore family, that included Gagendranath and Abanindranath Tagore. It was under the tutelage of British painter Charles Palmer that he crafted and developed his skills in realist portraiture, oil painting and landscapes. Whilst he was adept at depicting various genres, and received awards both locally and internationally, he gravitated towards painting landscapes. Both the present lots exemplify his abilities to combine the imagery of his hometown of Bengal and European naturalistic methods and demonstrate his favoured subject, sunrise and sunset expertly painted, using light and shade.
In the first lot, we can see two figures by the river, lighting a fire, the colour of which is mirrored on the tip of the large rock immediately to their left. The densely mist-laden atmospheric affect, created by the brooding mountains, is evident in the second lot, although the foliage plays a more prominent role here, with the various hues of green. His brushstrokes are almost invisible, and it is unsurprising that he earned the sobriquet 'Painter of Padma,' given his predilection for painting hundreds of oils depicting the same subject, the sun setting on the river Padma. Both paintings are quintessential examples of his most celebrated genre.