Lot#8 || Somnath Hore (1921 - 2006)
UNTITLED (A Flower Born)
Bronze, Unique Edition
Signed and dated
6.80 x 3.20 x 3.20 in
₹ 12,00,000 -
Private Corporate Collection Calcutta
Born in 1921 in Bengal, Somnath Hore’s had an interest in humanist themes. He graduated from Government Art College, Calcutta and had the chance to study under Haren Das. His paintings and prints often resonated with his feelings of anger and pain. As he was also a member of the Communist Party, his socialist ideologies often influenced his artwork. His subject matter drew attention to the life of people in Bengal; the impoverished and suffering social class represented the pain caused from the Famine of 1943.
The symbolism of this work as per the artists family is that of female resistance. As per the artists family it is a symbol of birth and resistance much like the struggle as seen by women. The artist has used the symbolic flower in his print "Birth of a White Rose" to denote the birth of nations / struggle of independence within Africa.
The artwork includes a certificate from the artist's family.
Somnath Hore, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2010 Pg. 54 (Plate 11)