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Jehangir Sabavala
(1922 - 2011)

The Star that Beckons

The Star that Beckons is the first of three canvases with the same title, which Jehangir Sabavala painted over the course of three decades. The Star that Beckons II and III were painted in 1999. The present lot, the earliest exploration of the theme, was painted in 1968, and is arguably the finest, emerging from a time when the young artist was looking for his own voice. Through the 1960s, Sabavala made a conscious attempt to...

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  Lot 13 of 65  

13 MARCH 2018


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Jehangir Sabavala
The Star that Beckons

Signed and dated 'Sabavala `68' (lower left); inscribed and dated '"The Star that Beckons" by Jehangir Sabavala `68' (on the reverse)
Oil on canvas
48 x 38.25 in (121.9 x 97 cm)

Also included with this lot is a signed copy of Mulk Raj Anand, Sabavala, Sadanga Series, Mumbai: Vakil, Feffer & Simon, 1966, inscribed "For Pat and Dermott/ with my best wishes/ Jehangir/ Bombay/ April '67"

Acquired directly from the artist, 1968
Collection of Sir Dermot and Patricia de Trafford
Private Collection, UK

Pria Devi, Jehangir Sabavala, New Delhi: Lalit Kala Akademi, 1984, p. 32 (illustrated)
Ranjit Hoskote ed., Pilgrim, Exile, Sorcerer: The Painterly Evolution of Jehangir Sabavala, Mumbai: Eminence Designs Pvt. Ltd., 1998, p. 108 (illustrated)
Amrita Jhaveri, 101: A Guide to 101 Modern and Contemporary Indian Artists, Mumbai: India Book House Pvt. Ltd., 2005, p. 80 (illustrated)

Category: Painting
Style: Landscape


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