PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF A RENOWNED MUMBAI ARCHITECT
Height 9 3/8 in. (24 cm.) including wooden base
Initialled and inscribed 'AD 10/55' on base of sculpture and further signed and dated 'A DAVIERWALLA / 10 / '55-' on wooden base
Davierwalla held his first solo sculpture show in 1956. At this early stage of his career, the artist was working primarily in marble, wood and stone. It is interesting to note that unlike the common practice at the time of creating a plaster mould in preparation for the final bronze sculpture, he chose to carve directly into the wood, stone or marble.
As Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni says, this approach 'brought him face to face with the essential nature of a sculptor's work: an exploration of form in solid material informed by an empathy with the character of the latter, an understanding of its organic structure and the scope it offered for an interplay of mass (including so called empty space), volume and lines. Sculpture for Davierwalla has always been a dialogue with diverse materials.' (D.G. Nadkarni, 'The Art of Davierwalla', Lalit Kala Contemporary 10, New Delhi, September 1969, p. 21)
The current work shows a woman seated in front of a grinding stone, hard at work. The form of the woman is distinguished from her tool by a distinct difference in the texture of the stone used for each. In Davierwalla's signature style, he has captured a weightiness and solidity to the female figure that is complemented by the rounded edges used to delineate her seated form. The marble on the outside has soft, smooth lines, adding suppleness and volume to the figure. The entire work has a wonderful roundness of form owing to his understanding of classical Indian sculpture and his ability to transfer those qualities to stone.
Colours of the original are similar to the catalogue illustration. Minor surface abrasions and pitting as partially visible in the catalogue illustration. Natural variations within the colour of the marble only partially visible in the catalogueillustration. Overall good condition.
About The Artist:
ADI DAVIERWALLA (1922 - 1975)