This lot is a National Art Treasure - Non Exportable Item (payment only in Indian rupees)
Published : ‘Revisiting Sailoz Mookherjea’ catalogue by
Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi, 2017, pg. 83.
Exhibited : ‘Revisiting Sailoz Mookherjea’ at Dhoomimal Art Centre, 28th October - 30th November, 2017.
Provenance : Property from an important Delhi based collection, artwork was acquired by the present owner from Dhoomimal Art Centre.
Height of the figure - 6ft
Sailoz Mookherjea was born in West Bengal in the year 1906. He completed his diploma in Fine Arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta in 1932. He later taught at Delhi Polytechnic, and also served as the Art Director at the Imperial Tobacco Company before moved to Paris in 1937. His workstyle was founded upon the fundaments of simplistic forms, fluid lines with dynamic elements. He is considered as one of the foremost modernists of India. He gained inspiration from European artists such as Matisse, while at the same time gauged the work ethics of Basohli miniatures and the Bengal School. His artistic themes amalgamate nature and rural scenes with bold lines and an empowering color palette. His works emphasize colour over form, and renders a high degree of expression and movement into his protagonists. Mukherjea's later landscape compositions illustrate a shift towards a complete disregard of form and the signifying function of the line, in favour of arbitrary scribbles and intermingling colours.
Mukherjea’s works have been exhibited all over the nation and internationally at the UNESCO World Art Heritage Exhibition in Paris in 1946. His works are part of several important collections of Indian art, including those of the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and the Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, Mumbai.
In the year 1979 the Archaeological Survey of India declared him as one of the Nine Masters of Indian art. Post released a stamp with his painting on it.