DAG Modern hosts a preview show before their big auction in Mumbai

Ayesha Tabassum Published :  01st April 2017 06:00 AM   |   Published :   |  01st April 2017 06:00 AM

Jamini Roy's Krishna with Playmates

Kishore Singh, President of DAG Modern comes to Bengaluru with a preview show of 75 works which will be up for the 20th Century Indian Art Auction  happening in Mumbai on April 24. A few of the works are national treasures and therefore cannot be exported. Singh picks five of his favourite pieces from the lot.

SH Raza’s Peinture (1959)
Estimated value: Rs 2.5-3.5 Cr

It’s an absolutely astounding work. It’s a long, narrow, horizontal, abstract landscape rich in reds and dark blues, it’s almost like a kaleidoscope. 

MF Husain’s Maya III (1970s)
Estimated value: Rs 1.2 - 1.8 Cr

In the Maya series, the face is not important but the tribhanga (or triarticulated) pose becomes significant. You have these broad and evocative strokes creating the body of a woman who appears to be a dancer.

Nandalal Bose’s Lotus (1952)
Estimated value: Rs 20-30 lakhs

The beautiful lotus by Nandalal is astounding for its tone and simplicity. 

KS Radhakrishnan’s The Ramp — Standing Musui (2004)
Estimated value: Rs 60-90 lakhs

It’s a massive sculpture with a 100 figures marching up the ramp. The artist has created two figures — a male and a female protagonist – Musui and Maiya. This is a standing Musui that’s reminiscent of Paramahamsa giving a speech.

Jamini Roy’s Krishna with Playmates 
Estimated value: Rs 8-12 lakhs

This particular work is extremely enchanting for the texture used with a matte ground. It’s beautiful and evocative. 

April 2, 11 am. At the Taj West End, Race Course Road.  Details: 011-46005300