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Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art / Jamini Roy (Indian, 1887-1972) Untitled (Jesus)

The Collection of Orooj Ahmed Ali
Lot 32
Jamini Roy
(Indian, 1887-1972)
Untitled (Jesus)
24 May 2022, 13:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

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Jamini Roy (Indian, 1887-1972)

Untitled (Jesus)
signed lower right
oil on paper
30.5 x 55.4cm (12 x 21 13/16in).


Acquired from the artist by Ahmed Ali between 1944-46;
Inherited from the above by the vendor.

Here as in his most recognisable works of the sari-clad women, Madonnas, village dancers and domestic animals, Roy paints Christ with a simplicity that is akin to prehistoric art in that he captures the essential form of Christ without imitating him. The work relies on robust lines and colours and an innate sense of design harmonising the abstract and naturalistic traditions. (Partha Mitter, The Triumph of Modernism: India's artists and the avant-garde 1922-1947, 2007, pp.112-117)

Saleroom notices

The medium is oil and tempera on board and not oil on paper as stated in the catalogue.

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