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Nataraj Sharma
3 Figures (Boy playing flute)


In his earlier figurative works, Natraj Sharma often focused on the concerns of a burgeoning urban Indian proletariat. Sharma packed his surfaces with tableaus of characters that portrayed the human form at work and at play, thus addressing the ways in which these urban masses found balance and contentment in their busy lives. “These pictorial spaces also glowed with the intensity of the purpose towards which their characters...

In his earlier figurative works, Natraj Sharma often focused on the concerns of a burgeoning urban Indian proletariat. Sharma packed his surfaces with tableaus of characters that portrayed the human form at work and at play, thus addressing the ways in which these urban masses found balance and contentment in their busy lives. “These pictorial spaces also glowed with the intensity of the purpose towards which their characters were bent, so that labour and play ceased to be opposites and became two aspects of the same epiphanic state” (“Five Studies for a Portrait of Natraj Sharma” in Natraj Sharma, Bose Pacia Gallery, 2005). It is this idea of an epiphanic existence that the artist presents in this intensely coloured piece. Sharma portrays a middle-class urban family inside and outside their home to help his viewers reconcile their ideas of work and play, and discover the intimate relationship they share in their own lives.



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  Lot 40 of 135  

SPRING AUCTION 2007
7-8 MARCH 2007

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Winning Bid
$23,521
Rs 10,11,422

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ARTWORK DETAILS

Nataraj Sharma
3 Figures (Boy playing flute)
Signed in Kannada and dated in English (lower right on the mount)
1993
Oil on paper board
20 x 32.5 in (50.8 x 82.6 cm)

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


 









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