Sailoz Mookherjea

Village Scene

Lot No
Oil on board
Circa 1940
18 x 21 in.
Rs. 6,00,000 - 8,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 20,87,962

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Signed : Bottom Right

This lot is a National Art Treasure - Non Exportable Item (payment only in Indian rupees)

Published : ‘Confluence; Eighty Years Of Artists And Their Art’ by Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi, 2018, unpaginated.

Provenance : Property of an eminent art collector based in Delhi. Artwork was acquired by the present owner from Dhoomimal Gallery.

Artwork Size

Height of the figure - 6ft

about artist

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.

Sailoz Mookherjea passed away in 1960.