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M. F. Husain’s painting to go under the hammer

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Internationally acclaimed Indian artist late M. F Husain’s famous oil on canvas titled “Jhoola” will now go under the hammer by Sotheby’s at its Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art sale in London on June 11.

An example of Husain’s unique amalgam of post-Independence and post-Impressionist painting, the work depicts two women atop a swing which hangs from a tree. A dark sun, a familiar theme from Husain’s early work, dominates the background.

The work has been described as “powerfully evocative of classical Indian traditions and distinctly modern at the same time”.

Elephants have appeared in a number of works of Husain, who evinced great interest in the elephant God Ganesha. For the first time since it was acquired by an individual in New York way back in 1964, another masterpiece of the legendary artist titled “Elephants One” will be auctioned.

Throughout his career, S. H. Raza has been influenced by the mystical power of nature. Untitled of 1980 belongs to a series of landscapes from the 1970s and 1980s which were inspired by the French countryside and represented a visual expression of his own meditations.

Offered for sale for the first time since it was acquired by a Dutch collector in Paris in 1968, Raza’s “Black Moon” is a remarkable painting produced during an important transitional period in the artist’s career following his visit to America.

Property from a Private European Collection, Jehangir Sabavala’s Untitled of 1977 is coming to auction for the first time. The sky and sea dominate the subject matter of his canvases from this period and this work utilizes the artist’s characteristic subdued palette which defines a visionary ethereal landscape.

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