Signed and dated in Bengali (lower left)
Further signed and dated in Bengali (on the reverse)
Private collection, Mumbai
Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Saffronart / Lot 61 / Modern Indian Art / Online Auction / 5-6 December 2018
Private collection, Dubai
Ganesh Pyne began using the opacity of tempera to create dark, monochromatic tones in the 1960s through which, "The painting became a vehicle to convey mood, emotion, atmosphere; and not so much social comment or intellectual ideas. It was a surface on which fleeting flashes or remembered images could be recorded and textures could be created." (Yashodhara Dalmia ed., Contemporary Indian Art Other Realities, Mumbai: Marg Publications, 2002, p. 30)
Deeply molded by his personal history as an artist, Pyne's imagery conveys glimpses to his feelings and intimate musings illustrated in the present lot. Painted in 1982, two years after the death of the artist's older brother, the picture radiates bleakness and sadness prompted by grief and a personal loss that ultimately characterized his works from this period. The vulture, a recurring subject, appeared numerous times on his works oftentimes suffuse in monochromatic tones, alone, and desolate.