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Lot 28
Somnath Hore | Untitled, 1955

Date of Birth: 1921 - 2006

Medium: Watercolour & ink on paper

Size: (i) 15 x 11 inches, 38 x 28 cms (ii) 10 x 15 inches, 25.5 x 38 cms

Signed by: (i) Dated ‘28.10.55’ on lower right, (ii) Dated ‘29.10.55’ on lower right

Provenance: Collection of a reputed art gallery, New Delhi. Acquired from Akara Art, Mumbai.

Estimate: ₹ 2,00,000 - ₹ 3,00,000


Somnath Hore was a prominent artist and a political activist of post-independent India. Hore was born in 1921, Chittagong and had closely witnessed the chain of devastation left by the Japanese bombing raid on Chittagong followed by the Bengal famine of the 40’s. In 1958, Somnath Hore moved to Delhi to join the Delhi Polytechnic. In Delhi, he experimented and analyzed different methods of printmaking like wood engraving, etching, lithograph and drypoint to negotiate with his political image-making. When Somnath was at the peak of his artistic progress, he left Delhi and moved back to Kolkata. In his autobiographical essay called ‘My Concept of Art’, he admitted to the ‘gap between socialist philosophy and socialist parties’. Hore’s works gradually became more cerebral and his subjects more universally emotive. Hore’s works are recognized across the globe. His works were exhibited at the Warsaw Biennale of Graphic Arts, Sao Paolo Biennale, Venice Biennale and Lugano International Graphics Biennale. In 1984, he was conferred with the title Professor Emeritus at the Viswa Bharati University and in the same year, he was honored with the Aban-Gagan award. He received the Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar. Somnath Hore passed away in 2006