Lot#57 || Asit Kumar Haldar (1890 - 1964)
UNTITLED (Omar Khayyam Series)

Tempera on silk
Signed lower right
13.50 x 15.50 in

Estimate   4,00,000 - ₹ 5,00,000

Private Collection Kolkata
Asit Kumar Haldar was a painter and sculptor. He gained fame for creating the innovative “lacit” technique which involved lacquer painting on wood. Being a significant figure in the Bengal School of Art, he skillfully depicted intricate historical scenes and contributed illustrations to various books. This included works by his granduncle Rabindranath Tagore. Haldar depicted mythological subjects and was trained at the Government School of Art in Calcutta by Rabindranath Tagore. He was commissioned to copy paintings in the Ajanta Caves where he mastered life-like effects and gained international acclaim. Haldar’s versatility shone as he effortlessly worked with various mediums including his unique ‘lacit’ technique. Drawing from India’s cultural heritage, he created captivating paintings based on Buddha Indian history. He also made illustrations for Omar Khayyam’s verses (depicted in this artwork) all infused with a spiritual touch that earned admiration from both the public and critics.
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