M. V. Dhurandhar (India, 1867-1944) Three portraits of women Bombay, dated 1919 and 1922

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Lot 444
M. V. Dhurandhar (India, 1867-1944)
Three portraits of women Bombay, dated 1919 and 1922

Sold for £ 1,320 (US$ 1,804) inc. premium
M. V. Dhurandhar (India, 1867-1944)
Three portraits of women Bombay, dated 1919 and 1922
watercolours on paper, signed with intials M.V.D. with inscriptions in English respectively Satava; A Mohammedan girl as seen sitting in the tram; A Mohammedan Girl from Foras Road, and the dates 3/7/19, 13/8/22 and 23/5/22, framed
each 181 x 143 mm.

Footnotes

  • Mahadev Viswanath Dhurandhar was part of the evolution of the art academy in India which created the role of the Indian salon painter and teacher. Dhurandhar was trained at the famous Sir Jamsetjee Jeejbhoy School of Art in Bombay where he became the first and only Indian Principal during British rule.

    Art schools were initially established by the British, in order to introduce Western precepts and techniques to utilise and reinforce Indian craftsmanship so that it would find a commercial place in the increasingly industralised world. Painting had hitherto been considered a trade rather than a vocation but these schools paved the way for artists to be given professional recognition. Rather than attracting the artisan however, they appealed to Anglicised middle and upper class Indians. Dhurandhar, from the Pathare Prabhu community of Western India, was one of the first "middle class" Indians to break the mould and aspire to be a painter. Dhurandhar's style eloquently combines classical Western academic training with traditional Indian craftsmanship and Hindu iconography.

    In 1927, Dhurandhar was awarded the title 'Rao Bahadur' by the government of India. He achieved considerable recognition both in Indian and abroad. Queen Mary collected his work for Buckingham Palace, Lutyens commissioned murals for the Imperial Secretariat in New Delhi and the Gaekwar of Baroda was one of his major patrons.
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