The Art of the Deal

India Today - - LEISURE - —Mona Ra­ma­vat

DAG Mod­ern is gear­ing up for its third auc­tion, the 20th Cen­tury In­dia Art Auc­tion, in Mum­bai this week. Of­fer­ings in­clude 75 paint­ings and sculp­tures by some of the finest In­dian artists of the 20th cen­tury, in­clud­ing M.F. Hu­sain, S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza and K.G. Subra­manyan. The col­lec­tion in­cludes less well-known pieces, such as a self­por­trait by Am­rita Sher-Gil from when she was 14. An­other, S.H. Raza’s Pein­ture is a vis­ually en­chant­ing work that marks his de­par­ture from land­scape to ab­strac­tion. Jamini Roy’s folk-style art is an­other big draw. Other works in­clude those by mod­ernists like V.S. Gaitonde, Man­jit Bawa and Shanti Dave. The auc­tion catalogue, with Hu­sain’s Maya on the cover, has been bro­ken up into themes to al­low bid­ders to com­pare styles and gen­res. The real draw, though, is the lure of find­ing a deal: “Pric­ing is 20-25 per cent lower, since bid­ders won’t have to pay a buyer’s pre­mium,” says Kishore Singh, pres­i­dent of DAG Mod­ern.

MAYA III Oil on can­vas by M.F. Hu­sain

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