Lot#53 || Devi Prasad Roy Chowdhury (1899 - 1975)
MAN WITH UMBRELLA
Wash on paper
14.00 x 8.00 in
₹ 3,50,000 -
Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art 2020. Private collection New York Sotheby’s New York. 1998. lot 284
Devi Prasad Roy Choudhury (born in Bangladesh) was highly regarded for his expertise in sculpture and painting. He was initially mentored by Abanindranath Tagore. His earlier artworks including this one exhibit the profound influence of his teacher. This work displays the distinctive Oriental influences that characterised the early Bengal School painting style, which combined elements from Chinese techniques and Japanese wash paintings. One notable aspect of Roy Choudhury’s artistic approach was selecting passersby or pedestrians as his subjects rather than relying on studio models which was the prevailing norm in art schools during that era. Roy Choudhury’s exceptional skills as an educator were recognised and he served as the leading faculty member at the Government College of Fine Arts in Madras from 1928 to 1958.