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Prodosh Das Gupta

(1912 -  1991 )
DAS GUPTA PRODOSH Cradle

Sotheby's
Mar 19, 2018
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Prodosh Das Gupta - Volume In Three Masses

Prodosh Das Gupta - Volume In Three Masses

Original 1954
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Lot number: 113
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PRODOSH DAS GUPTA 1912 - 1991 Volume in Three Masses Bronze Signed and editioned '01/5 Das Gupta' at the base Edition 1 of 5 24.1 x 17.8 x 19 cm. (9 ½ x 7 x 7 ½ in.) Cast circa 1954 CataloguingProvenance Acquired in India by a private French collector, circa early 1990s Thence by descent Exhibited New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, Exhibition of Sculptures by Shri Prodosh Das Gupta, 15 March - 7 April 2012 (another from the edition) Literature P. Das Gupta, My Sculpture: Prodosh Das Gupta, Oxford Book & Stationery Co. Calcutta and New Delhi, 1955, pl. 4 (stone version) V. K. Jain, Prodosh Das Gupta: Sculptures & Drawings, Kumar Gallery (P) Ltd., New Delhi, 2008, illustration p. 16 (another from the edition) READ MORE
Prodosh Das Gupta - Egg Bird

Prodosh Das Gupta - Egg Bird

Original 1975
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EGG BIRD Prodosh Das Gupta 1912 - 1991 Signed, stamped and editioned '1/9 P Das Gupta 1975' on underside of rim Edition 1 of 9 Bronze 8 ¼ x 17 ⅜ x 9 ⅞ in. (21 x 44 x 25 cm.) Executedin 1975 Cast posthumously circa 2000s from original maquette as per the artist's process by the artist's estate Provenance The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the artist's family and is recorded in the Prodosh Das Guptafamilyarchive as edition 1/9 Exhibited Bombay, Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Palace,Exhibition of Sculptures by Prodosh Das Gupta, 6 - 12 January, 1976 (marble version) Literature Exhibition of Sculptures by Prodosh Das Gupta, Exhibition Catalogue, Bombay, January 6 - 12 1976, item 15 (marble version), unpaginated Catalogue Note Egg Bird, Das Gupta\’s breath-taking sculpture from 1975, represents one of the most noteworthy contributions to the aesthetic and ideological development of 20th century Indiansculpture. This rare bronze, a signature trait of Das Gupta\’s sculptural dialect provides a unique insight into his sophisticated thought process. Among the foremost Indian modernists from the post-colonial generation, he became an extremely influential figure in Indian art for his philosophy that a work of art needed to have "four elements of directness, spontaneity, vitality and microcosmic feeling", to be able to have a soul and meaning. (P. Das Gupta, Prodosh Das Gupta: Sculptures & Drawings, Ed. V. K. Jain, Kumar Gallery (P) Ltd., New Delhi, 2008, p. 22) Egg Bird was originally conceived as a sculpture in marble as well asbronze. Its marble version was executed and displayedduring Das Gupta\’s one-man show held at the Taj Art Gallery in the Taj Mahal Palace in Bombay in January of 1975. Egg Birdin itsbronze form mimics the aesthetic of the marble version and still succeeds in translating his vision – this piece was made to withstand the elements, and like many of his works would have been intended to be scale models, to be re-cast at some point as a much grander outdoor installation that would have survived as an enduring symbol of Das Gupta\’s psychologically engaging life\’s work. Das Gupta explained that, \“The egg is the embryonic stage of life. I visualised the theme of an egg from the womb of a white marble block to be hewn out and released into this world of woe and misery, corruption and deceit.\” (P. Das Gupta, Prodosh Das Gupta: Sculptures & Drawings, Ed. V. K. Jain, Kumar Gallery (P) Ltd., New Delhi, 2008, p.82). As one of India\’s most important sculptors, Das Gupta was constantly trying to bridge the gap between tradition and modernity, and how to present tradition in its most contemporary form.
Prodosh Das Gupta - Cradle

Prodosh Das Gupta - Cradle

Original 1950
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CRADLE Prodosh Das Gupta 1912 - 1991 Signed and dated 'P. Das Gupta 1950' on one side Edition of 5 + 2 APs Bronze 35.6 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm.(14 x 15 x 8 in.) Cast in 1950 Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Or Provenance Acquired at auction by Richard W. Foster Thence by descent circa2000-2001 Literature K. Das Gupta,My Sculpture: Prodosh Das Gupta, Oxford Book & Stationery Co. Calcutta and New Delhi, 1955, pl. 12 (another from the edition) 'Seven Contemporary Artists,'Marg Vol.V, No. 1, unpaginated and Vol. C, No. 1, December 1956, p. 34(another from the edition) V.K. Jain,Prodosh Das Gupta: Sculptures & Drawings, Kumar Gallery P. Ltd., New Delhi, 2008, illustration unpaginated(another from the edition) K. Singh, Manifestations VI, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2011, illustration p. 68(another from the edition) Catalogue Note "The idea of the composition first occurred to me from a rocking chair. I have tried to create the same swinging, semi-circular movement in the sculpture. In order to get the maximum effect of rhythmic lines I have taken the liberty in shaping the legs and the thighs of the mother in masses and her breasts in such a way that they do not disturb the main schematic values of line and rhythm. The fluid momentum of the spirit of rocking is intended to echo through the gliding planes and undulating modelling of the figures." (P. Das Gupta quoted in K. Das Gupta,My Sculpture: Prodosh Das Gupta, Oxford Book & Stationery Co., Calcutta and New Delhi, 1955, p. 26)
Prodosh Das Gupta - Cradle

Prodosh Das Gupta - Cradle

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CRADLE Signed and editioned 'P. Dasgupta 5/5' on one side Edition 5/5 Bronze 14½ x 15 x 8 in. (36.8 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm.) Cast in 1950 Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Or Acquired in India circa 1960- 1970s Private collection, Montreal Acquired from the above in 2017 This work was originally from the collection of an Honorable Judge of the Superior Court of Quebec.
Prodosh Das Gupta - Twins

Prodosh Das Gupta - Twins

Original 1973
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TWINS Prodosh Das Gupta 1912 - 1991 Quantity: 2 Signed, dated andeditioned '2/5 P Das Gupta 1973' indistinctly on the base of each work Edition 2 of 5 Bronze 45.5 x 20 x 7.5 cm. (17 ⅞ x 7 ⅞ x 2 ⅞ in.) each Cast in 1973 Provenance Acquired in the early 1980s from a gallery in New Delhi by the cultural attaché at the French embassy in India Catalogue Note Early in his career, Prodosh Das Gupta joinedthe Calcutta Group which wasformed in 1943. Around that time, a desire aroseamongst the Indian avant-garde artists to modernisetheir style. The Calcutta Group broke free from the then popular academic realism that focused on subject matter.The present lot demonstratesProdoshDas Gupta\\’s close scrutiny of the work of international sculptors such as Alberto Giacometti, Constantin Brâncuși and Jean Arp who prevailed in the 20th century. Executed duringthe artist\\’s pivotalyears in the early 70s, Twins depicts two abstract kneeling figuresthat gracefully twist at the torsos. The two piece sculpture is evocative of Das Gupta's fluid yet abstract style and is very beguiling. In 1955, Das Gupta had stated: \\“Representation of the human form in sculpture is no longer necessary. Any form considered aesthetically beautiful will do. This non-humanisation of the sculptural form is vitally important in considering the modern trend in sculpture\\”. (A. Bhowmick, 'An Artist of the Indian Renaissance', Prodosh Das Gupta - Sculptures & Drawings, edited by V.K. Jain, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi, 2008, p. 28).
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