PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT MUMBAI COLLECTION
Oil on canvas
50 x 100 in. (126.9 x 254 cm.)
Signed 'LAXMAN / SHRESHTHA' on reverse
Born in Siraha, Nepal, in 1939, Laxman Shreshtha grew up in Darbhanga, north of Bihar and studied in Patna. Shreshtha's desire to become an artist led to conflict within the family and he decided to run away, which led him to move to Mumbai, where he studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art. At twenty two, Shreshtha won a scholarship to study art in Paris at Ecole National Superieure des Beaux Arts, and later studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and completed his art studies at the Central School of Art in London.
Throughout Shreshtha's work, the strongest emotional response is awakened by the landscape. His paintings are driven by his restless search for a homeland and draw on the soaring mountains, valleys and rivers of his childhood. Among the many striking things about the artist's paintings is their ability to communicate vastness, where colour and form speak together. 'I went to abstract art through landscapes. Maybe I missed the mountains of Nepal or the expanse of the Himalayas. I thought that could be captured only on a bigger space, and that's why I started painting large canvases.' (Soma Das, 'Being Laxman Shreshtha: The untold story of the legendary abstract artist', https://www.hindustantimes.com/art-and-culture/being-laxman-shreshtha-the-untold-story-of-the-legendary-abstract-artist/story, 19 August 2016)
His works are vast, abstract revelations, combining the reality of the majestic Himalayas with idealised landscape forms. 'As landscape passes into abstraction, a swift current of forms eddies and bursts; mountains and rivers are summoned into being. Cleft and folds, rift valleys and fault lines take shape. Through their morphology, these natural formations convey a dynamic eroticism: yet, even though its origins lie in agitation, it is in serenity.' (Ranjit Hoskote, Harmonic Progressions: Recent Paintings by Laxman Shreshtha, Mumbai, 1997, unpaginated)
The colours of the original are deeper and richer, especially in the greens and yellows, than the catalogue illustration. Scattered spots in the upper centre above the yellow rectangle visible in the catalogue illustration and one furtherspot of stain on the upper left side near the rust. The canvas would benefit from a cleaning. Fine craquelure in the black area in the lower centre. Overall good condition.
About The Artist:
LAXMAN SHRESHTHA (b. 1939)