Lot 3285. Pyne, Ganesh

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Lot 3285Pyne, Ganesh
Pyne, Ganesh (1937 Calcutta 2013) Untitled (The Dead Guard). 1981. Tempera on canvas. In the bottom right of the Bengali-signed. 58,6x48,6 cm.
With a copy of the certificate of the artist from 8. 4. 2009. Provenance: - State Institution, India. - Indian Private Collection, Switzerland. The Indian artist Ganesh Pyne was born in 1937 in Calcutta. His Childhood was marked by the unrest in his home city of India's independence of 1947 was preceded by. It is possible to assume, that Pynes's penchant for dark themes is also justified in the violence that surrounded him as a child. Much to the dismay of his parents, he studied at the Government College of Art & Craft, the oldest art institution in India, where he received in 1959, the diploma. Pyne was initially stylistically influenced by the brothers Abanindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore of the “Bengal school of Art” – an Art movement which drove the formation of a modern Indian art – developed but increasingly less pleasing and decorative style. As Shahnaz Habib in his obituary on Pyne at the 20. March 2013 in "The Guardian" shouted width: "While Pyne of this Tradition came from, was his Vision of a much darker. He moved away from romantic and nationalist themes, and explored existentiellere questions“. This was also accompanied by a further development of the technology: From the watercolor, he moved on to Gouache, and then, from the mid-60s, to the Tempera. He started with this new technology, to experiment and perfected the layering of different layers and textures on the canvas. With time, he mastered the fine Drawing of a mostly brown, ochre, black, or blue color layers to perfection. This approach took a lot of time, so he brought a dozen images per year. The offered plant from 1981 is very typical for the artist, because of death, darkness and shadow are Central themes in his Oeuvre. Pyne said in a 1973 Interview: "True darkness gives one a feeling of insecurity, the fear of borders, it also has its own charm, its mystery, its depth, and its fairy-tale mood." (zit. Ganesh Pyne, 'Conversation with Arany Banerjee', Lalit Kala Contemporary, April, 1973, in Tuli, Neville, The Flamed Mosaic: Indian Contemporary Painting, Middletown 1997, p. 55) Pyne, Ganesh (1937 Kolkata 2013) and Untitled (Death watch). 1981. Tempera on canvas. Signed in Bengali lower right. 58,6x48,6 cm (23x19). With the copy of the certificate of the artist form April 8th, 2009. Provenance: - Institutional Collection, India. - Indian private collection, Switzerland. The artist Ganesh Pyne was born in 1937 in Kolkata. His childhood what is affected by the Hindu-Muslim rioting in his home town that preceded the partition of India in 1947. One can suppose that Pyne's predilection for dark subject matters could have its roots in the violence that he observed during this time. He studied at the Government College of Art & Craft, which is the oldest art institution in India, where he graduated in 1959. Pyne was initially influenced by the brothers Abanindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore of the Bengal school of Art – who led the development of modern Indian art – but then evolved towards a less pleasant and decorative style. As Shahnaz Habib wrote in his obituary on March 20th, 2013 in The Guardian: “While Pyne came from this tradition, his vision was much darker. Moving away from romantic and nationalist themes, and he explored much more existential questions”. This came along with the change of the technique: water colour, he turned to gouache and then since the mid 1960's to tempera. He began to explore this new technique and perfected the building up of surfaces and textures on canvas. He became a master at layering the brown, ochre, black and blue shades with much patience. This also meant, that he produced less than a dozen artworks a year. The work offered here from 1981 is a very typical choice of subject, because death, the darkness and shadows are central themes in his work. Once Pyne saiDurchmesser: "True darkness gives one a feeling of insecurity bordering on fear but it also has its own charms, mystery, profundity, a fairyland atmosphere." (cit. Ganesh Pyne, 'Conversation with Arany Banerjee', Lalit Kala Contemporary, April, 1973, in Tuli, Neville, The Flamed Mosaic: Indian Contemporary Painting, Middletown 1997, p. 55)

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