The contradiction in Ganesh Pyne's oeuvre refers to the change in style and theme which occurred around the time of his marriage to Meera di in the 1990s. The discussion around "Early Pyne" vs. "Late Pyne" also distills down to the same issue.
Ganesh Pyne was obsessed with death and in
In contrast to the below works:
While it is hard to exactly
Jogen Chowdhury stated
There is the related issue often brought up by collectors in terms of preferring early/vintage Pyne's or Late Period Pyne's (mostly 2000-2010).
Is Early Pyne vs. Late Pyne truly a change in style or simply diversity in an artists oeuvre?
Regardless, he is scarce and certainly his 'tempera on canvas' is rare. We can glean this from information present in two books - Ella Datta's book (which tries to document all his works since the 50s) lists less than 80 tempera on canvas/board works till 1999. In the book "Ganesh Pyne's Mahabharata" which has
I do think that auction valuations are driven by collectors.
However, the Indian sensibility may be a bit different. Here we do not take art for what it is. We associate art with
In the end, everyone has their own preference. Pyne is a superb artist and his works are limited. It hardly matters whether the work is
Disclaimer: I do own one of the works pictured above.
Ganesh Pyne - His Life & Times By Ella Datta
Jottings & Paintings of Ganesh Pyne (Arun Ghose)
Ganesh Pyne And His Mahabharata (CIMA)
Art of Bengal - A Vision Defined - CIMA