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Baiju Parthan

Still Life/ Proxy Self (Object of Desire)

Initially, Baiju Parthan resisted a career as an artist. "In Kerala," he explains, "you are what your work is. And in Kerala's Communist schema, the artist is at the lowest rung of society." Parthan began as an engineer, but was drawn into the world of art in 1974, when he stumbled onto a book detailing the history of Western art. "With that book," he says, "the chronology and the institution of art became known to me." He became familiar with...

Based on:
Catalogue by Ranjit Hoskote
Interview by Sylee Gore

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  Lot 94 of 102  

14-15 DECEMBER 2022


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Rs 8,40,000

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Baiju Parthan
Still Life/ Proxy Self (Object of Desire)

Signed and dated 'Baiju Parthan 2001' (upper centre); inscribed and dated 'STILL LIFE/ (OBJECT OF DESIRE)/ BAIJU PARTHAN - 2001' (on the reverse of panel a) and inscribed, signed and dated '(Object of Desire - B)/ 'PROXY SELF'/ Baiju Parthan 2001' (on the reverse of panel b)
Acrylic on canvas
47.25 x 94.5 in (120 x 240 cm)


F.N. Souza - Baiju Parthan, presented by Saffronart and Apparao Gallery at Mumbai: Apollo Apparao Gallery, 1 - 24 February 2002

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


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