PROPERTY FORMERLY FROM THE GLENBARRA ART MUSEUM, JAPAN
Oil on canvas laid on board
33 1/2 x 43 5/8 in. (84.5 x 110.6 cm.)
Signed and dated 'Reddappa Naidu / '71' lower right
Contemporary Indian Art, Glenbarra Art Museum Collection, Himeji, 1993, p. 67, illustrated.
For similar works also titled Deity from 1968 and 1971, see Lalit Kala Contemporary 22, New Delhi, September 1976, pp. 12-13, illustrated and Lalit Kala Contemporary 12 & 13, New Delhi, April - September 1971, pp. 24-25, illustrated.
'He is engaged with the concept of space. Reddappa Naidu in his 'Deity' pictures interprets space as that which is permeated by the presence of an anthropomorphic divinity... he has begun to see space as that which a live being is one with. This state of oneness has a perfectly spontaneous inner formation which provides the ground for all that is present and possible.' (Joseph James, 'Metaphysical Content in Recent Contemporary Indian Painting', Lalit Kala Contemporary 12 & 13, April-September 1971, p. 31)
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About The Artist:
M. REDDAPPA NAIDU (1932 - 1999)