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10 Indians to feature at Singapore art auction

The works of 10 Indians, including MF Hussain, are to feature at a South East Asian Art Auction next month.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 20:25 IST

The works of 10 Indians, among them MF Husain and FN Souza, are to feature at a South East Asian Art Auction next month.

They are expected to fetch between $10,000 and $360,000 a piece.

Husain's 2005 canvas of Mother Teresa in the La Pieta posture, an image that haunted him long after he saw the original in Italy and then painted it in later years after he met the Mother, is an impassioned work estimated to fetch between $310,000-$360,000.

"I call her the eternal figure," Husain said over telephone from Dubai. "She was the modern Madonna who embraced the poor and the destitute as her own. For me, she is a timeless figure, I will never get tired of painting her."

The second highest bid is likely for Souza's 1951 head done in the quasi-cubist semi-Picasso style.

Estimated at $125,000-150,000, this work echoes a single series that Souza had done of a number of heads.

Among the others there is Jogen Choudhury's Untitled Still Life ($32,000-$37,000) and Rini Dhumal's Durga estimated at $10,500-13,500.

In the younger artists' bracket is Bose Krshnamachari, who recently did an installation at Singapore's Esplanade. His psychedelic abstraction leaps out of the canvas and is estimated at $25,000-$30,000.

GR Iranna's acrylic on tarpaulin is a heady creation that looks at dualities and man's quest in the world of performance. This brilliant work is estimated at $42,000-$52,000.

The other artists featuring in the auction are Yusuf Arakkal, Owais Husain, K Merchant and KH Ara.

First Published: Mar 30, 2006 20:25 IST