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Swaminathan is not concerned with the `phenomenal world` of physical reality. His stark imagery, while seemingly maintaining a link with the world of nature, actually embodies a visionary, even spiritual, inflection. Yet his work is an attempt to express, not so much the subconscious or imaginative realms, as the fundamental structures of existence. Swaminathan draws inspiration from the vivid, contrasting colors and...

Swaminathan is not concerned with the `phenomenal world` of physical reality. His stark imagery, while seemingly maintaining a link with the world of nature, actually embodies a visionary, even spiritual, inflection. Yet his work is an attempt to express, not so much the subconscious or imaginative realms, as the fundamental structures of existence. Swaminathan draws inspiration from the vivid, contrasting colors and simplicity of figuration found in the Indian tribal and folk art traditions.

"His structures were elemental, uniquely his own. He conjugated them to create undreamt of images. Hills, birds, insects, plants, water, air, unbuildable buildings but no human beings. Their relationship on the canvas had nothing to do with the laws of the physical world. The arena of painting was its own unique universe in which the impossible is credible." (p. 2, Krishen Khanna, J. Swaminathan, Contemporary Indian Art Series, Lalit Kala Akademi, 1995)



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  Lot 47 of 110  

AUCTION 2003 (DECEMBER)
1-4 DECEMBER 2003

Estimate
$28,000 - 38,000
Rs 12,60,000 - 17,10,000


Winning Bid
$31,500
Rs 14,17,500

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ARTWORK DETAILS

Jagdish Swaminathan
Untitled
Oil on canvas
49.5 x 49.5 in (126 x 126 cm)

Category: Painting
Style: Abstract


 









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