An important 1988 oil on canvas, Falling Figure with Bird, estimated at a staggering Rs 8,10,00,000 - Rs 10,80,00,000 by modern artist Tyeb Mehta, along with an extremely rare 1930s painting by Amrita Sher-Gil, are leading Saffronart’s online Autumn Art auction on September 19-20.
Mehta’s canvas is one of the most important paintings from his suite of falling figures and the artist draws on both Indian and Western myths and legends.
In the 2011 Autumn Art Auction, Mehta’s Untitled, was among the top lot and sold for Rs 7,19,90,000. This year, Sher-Gil’s 1931 Untitled (Zebegeny Landscape) canvas is estimated between Rs 3,24,00,000 to Rs 4,32,00,000. It is one of only five paintings by the artist to have ever come up for public auction.
Of the artist’s 172 documented paintings, 95 are in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, while two other paintings are in institutional collections in Chandigarh and Lahore.
The 2012 Saffronart autumn auction has 75 lots by 35 modern and contemporary Indian artists with a total estimate of Rs 21.78 crore to Rs 28.6 crore. “Assembled with an eye for the very finest of modern and contemporary Indian art, this auction includes a remarkable collection of works. Not only does the catalogue offer collectors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire a painting by Amrita Sher-Gil, it also includes vital works by other artists,” says Dinesh Vazirani, CEO, Saffronart.
Also on offer are a selection of modern paintings by the masters MF Husain, VS Gaitonde and FN Souza, along with important contemporary artworks by artists Sudhir Patwardhan, Atul Dodiya and Jitish Kallat.