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Lot 39
Shyamal Dutta Ray | Untitled, 1997

Date of Birth: 1934 - 2005

Medium: Watercolour and pastel on paper

Size: 18 x 21 inches, 45.5 x 53.5 cms

Signed by: Signed and dated in Bangla ‘Shyamal Dutta Ray 97’ on lower right

Provenance: Collection of a reputed art gallery, New Delhi. Acquired from Astaguru Auction, June 2017

Estimate: ₹ 3,00,000 - ₹ 4,00,000


Shyamal Dutta Ray (1934 - 2005)

Shyamal Dutta Ray began his career in the 1950s, first working in oil and later switching to watercolour on medical advice. Dutta Ray’s paintings speak of the juvenile ill-health and experience of Bengal famine. His paintings are also laden with satire and wit and are often subtly political. His works respond to reality with often a willful distortion and communicate his preoccupation with the human condition.