BIREN DE (1926-2011)
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BIREN DE (1926-2011)

Untitled (Gossip)

BIREN DE (1926-2011)
Untitled (Gossip)
signed and dated 'Biren de Apl 53' (lower centre); bearing label 'GOSSIP by BIREN DE APRIL 1953 DELHI INDIA'
oil on canvas
21 X 14 5/8 in. (53.3 x 37.1 cm.)
Painted in 1953
From the Collection of Blanche Mukherjee
Thence by descent
New Delhi, All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, Exhibition of Paintings by Biren De, 1953
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India lost one of its foremost artists in March 2011. Known for his brilliant Neo-Tantric paintings Biren De's artistic career spanned over five decades, beginning as a portrait painter, gradually moving on to figurative and culminating into Neo-tantric style.

From his formative period, both of these paintings, Gossip and Girl Waiting, are characterised by a subtle elegance and plasticity depicting village life in Bengal. By simple but effective brush strokes the artist has captured the natural rhythmic movement of the women, drawing inspiration from George Keyt, who was a great influence on De's paintings of this period. The drawings (lots 57-59) offered here are from the same period and were produced during De's visit to the Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta caves in Maharashtra.