An upcoming art auction in the city will see works by some of the country’s masters going under the hammer. And among those names is an unlikely one — Dr Homi Bhabha. The late nuclear physicist’s untitled landscape dates back to 1945, and is expected to fetch between Rs 50,000 – 70,000 at the auction, which will be held later this week.
Tomorrow, there will be a preview of all the paintings at NCPA, featuring works by MF Husain, SH Raza, VS Gaitonde and B Prabha among others. Says Dadiba Pandole, owner of Pandole Art Gallery, which will hold the auction, “We are conducting it on behalf of NCPA, and the works include those bequeathed from the estate of the late Jamshed Bhabha.
They have been selected from a substantially large collection.” At the auction, which will be held on April 20, the highest estimated work is an oil on canvas by VS Gaitonde, which is expected to fetch between Rs 1.8-2.2 crore. Both, Jamshed and Homi Bhabha are known to have been patrons of the arts. “Dr Homi Bhabha was quite an avid painter, not just a Sunday painter. He painted a lot; but his main area of interest was drawing and sketching. He drew in a very classical style,” recalls Pundole.
The brothers were very passionate about performing as well as visual arts. Their personal collections included paintings by many modern artists like Jamini Roy, Tyeb Mehta and Krishen Khanna, apart from those that will be auctioned. The 20 lots that will comprise this auction represent a group of thirteen leading 20th century artists.