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Art works from the Estate of Jamini Roy

Prinseps is pleased to present possibly for the first time in auctions - works from the estate of Jamini Roy that were hanging at his residence in Ballygunge Place East, Kolkata.

Jamini Roy Residence

JAMINI ROY (1887 - 1972)

'In the mid-1920s, Jamini Roy embarked on his epic journey to the Bengal countryside to collect folk painting (pats) and to learn from folk painters. He was convinced that the 'revival of art will not come from Ajanta, Rajput and Mughal art ... [for] one may learn a language that is not one's own but one cannot enter its inner thoughts'.

In 1929, Roy showed his first experiments with folk art at an exhibition organized by Alfred Henry Watson, the English editor of The Statesman newspaper. His next exhibition, held at the Indian Society of Oriental Art on 9 July 1930, marked his transition from a half-hearted orientalist to a robust primitivist.

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In 1931, Roy was ready to share his artistic ideology with the public. The exhibition, inaugurated by Stella Kramrisch at his modest residence in North Calcutta, was no less than a political manifesto.

Roy's objective was not to imitate the village artisans but to learn from the expressive power of their lines at the expense of colours, using black outlines painted with a brush on white paper. He forsook oils for tempera and concentrated on primary colours. Acknowledging Roy's startling originality, the reviewer confessed that even Nandalal had failed to shake off the hold of high art, especially Ajanta, even though he had briefly flirted with pats. Nor did she fail to notice Roy's essentially political act of making the local signify the national.' (Partha Mitter - The Triumph of Modernism, India's Artists and the Avant-Garde 1922 - 47)

NATIONAL ART TREASURE - NON EXPORTABLE

Lot #1
JAMINI ROY (1887 - 1972)
Untitled (Gopini)
Tempera On Card
CIRCA 1950
24 x 12 in.
INR 2,00,000 - 6,00,000
PROVENANCE
Estate of Jamini Roy
Thence by descent

Jamini Roy - Gopini reduced

NATIONAL ART TREASURE - NON EXPORTABLE

LOT #2
Untitled (Krishna)
Tempera On Cloth
CIRCA 1930
31 x 19 in.
INR 10,00,000 - 15,00,000
PROVENANCE
Estate of Jamini Roy
Thence by descent
PUBLISHED
Jamini Roy - His Life In Art - Sandip Sarkar (pg 201)
CATALOGUE NOTES
These (rare) works on cloth are from a difficult period in the artists life as he was making the transition from a commercial portrait painter to discovering his own unique style

jamini roy lot 2

NATIONAL ART TREASURE - NON EXPORTABLE

LOT #3
Untitled (View of Ananda Kumar Chatterjee Lane)
Tempera on Card
CIRCA 1940
23 x 18 in.
INR 8,00,000 - 12,00,000
PROVENANCE
Estate of Jamini Roy
Thence by descent
PUBLISHED
Jamini Roy - His Life In Art - Sandip Sarkar (pg 159)
CATALOGUE NOTES
The thick application of the tempera is to be noted. This application of tempera became more fluid/flat in the 50s and 60s.
"The street scene in North Kolkata where Jamini Roy had spent years of his most creative life before 1949 when we moved to his studio- cum-residence in South Kolkata. It was done in the mid-forties and reflects Jamini Roy's attachment to western impressionist art. Here on this lane, before independence, the wife of Bengal's Governor, Lady Casey called on him and became his ardent admirer. It was here that Rabindranath came visiting to shower his blessings on the young genius.
Rabindranath took great delight in consulting Ray on his interpretation of his own paintings. A great many aficionados of art from India and abroad and not so distinguished art lovers derived endless delight from paintings at the house on the lane."

jamini roy lot 3

BIBLIOGRAPHY
1. Archer, W.G., India and Modern Art ( London: Allen & Unwin, 1959).
2. Chatterjee, Ratnabali, ?The Artist in His Studio: Jamini Roy.? Pp. 118-13 7 in From the Karkhana to the Studio: A Study in the Changing Social Roles of Patrons and Artist in Bengal ( New Delhi: Books & Books, 1990).
3. Dey, Bishnu, and John Irwin, Jamini Roy (Calcutta: Indian Society of Oriental Art, 1944).
4. The Art of Jamini Roy, 1887-1972, A Centenary Volume (Calcutta: Jamini Roy Birth Centenary Celebration Committee, 1987).