Sarbari Roy Choudhury, ‘Untitled’, Christie's South Asian + Chinese

Inspired by the great European sculptors; Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti, modern Indian sculptors created a new form of Indian modernism in art. Modernist artists such as Prodosh Dasgupta and Sarbari Roy Choudhury have built on a long tradition by contemporizing their works, experimenting with medium and techniques to render themes accessible and relatable to the modern human condition.

Dasgupta and Choudhury are best known for their abstracted figures, predominantly of the female form. Dasgupta's work on offer here depicts a mother holding her child in a loving, sweet and playful posture. "The idea of the composition first occurred to me from a rocking chair. I have tried to create the same swinging semi-circular movement in the sculpture. In order to get the maximum effect of rhythmic lines I have taken the liberty in shaping the legs and the thighs of the mother in masses and her breasts in such a way that they do not disturb the main schematic values of line and rhythm. The fluid momentum of the spirit of rocking is intended to echo through the gliding planes and undulating modeling of the figures." (V. K. Jain, Prodosh Das Gupta, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi, 2008, p. 10)

Choudhury often regarded as Ramkinkar Baij's successor at Santiniketan, specialized in abstract and organic form, which often employs the musical notion of rhythm and movement. His focus is more on female sensuality than on the anatomical female form. "As his sculptures do not imitate nature, his forms are signs and metaphors he invents for it. In the seventies while devising metaphors charged with the impulse to imaginatively possess the female body, like a man shaken out of his dreams, he comes face to face with the awesome energy of female sexuality and honestly acknowledges that her body is both yielding and challenging." (R. Siva Kumar, Sensibility Objectified, Akar Prakar, Kolkata, 2009, p. 10)

Signature: inscribed and editioned '3/9' (on base)

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About Sarbari Roy Choudhury

Indian, 1933-2012, Ulpur, East Bengal, India, based in Kolkata, India