Initialed in Hindi (lower right)
Signed, dated and inscribed ‘The Offering by Badri Narayan / watercolour on paper / 1991’ (on the reverse)
Sotheby's / Lot 80 / 20th Century Asian Art / 14 July 2005
Without any formal training in art, Badri Narayan followed his own instinct and experimented with diverse media and forms in his paintings. A natural storyteller, he picks up imagery and influences from his surrounding but the core of his work remains on the metaphoric weight of literature that served as the basis of his visual representation
Narayan's representation is marked for their simplicity and minimal stylization as in "The Offering". He created a painting that is profoundly somber rendered in a dream state. The subdued palettes he employed enhanced the tranquility and stillness of the work suggesting contemplation and a calm moment of reflection. A believer in two-dimensionality, his paintings are intimate with an element of fantasy. Outwardly, the paintings, simple in subject matter, reveal their intricacies to the viewer.