Degas had ballerinas; Vermeer had Dutch women in daily life; Pollock had tumultuous paint splatters. The unique style and subject matter adopted by individual artists is like its own entity, as distinct and nuanced as the people who put paint to canvas. Manjit Bawa, one of the most important Indian painters of the 20th century, contributed his own unique perspective to the art world, characterized by color, mysticism, and form. In our Important Fall Auction
we are offering an untitled original work by Bawa that exemplifies the artist’s aesthetic in its luminous simplicity and vibrant palette.
Manjit Bawa was born in Dhuri, in Punjab, in 1941. At 17, at the urging of his older brothers, he went to study at the College of Art in New Delhi, where he was tutored by major figures in Indian art, such as Somnath Hore, Dhanraj Bhagat, B. C. Sanyal, and Abani Sen. Bawa credited Sen, who was instrumental in establishing a post-colonial Indian artistic identity, with helping Bawa to discover his own form. After several post-college years in England working as a screenprinter, Bawa returned to India. It was then that he found the unique artistic perspective from which he would work for the rest of his career.