Paintings by noted Indian artists pique bidder interest at Bruneau & Co. auction held March 14th
Vibrant paintings by prominent Indian artists piqued the interest of bidders at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers' Estates Fine Art & Antiques auction held on March 14th, as an equestrian watercolor on paper by Maqbool Hussain (1915-2011) sold for $16,250.
By: Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
The watercolor by Maqbool Hussain, titled Raging Horse, depicted a leaping white horse with its mouth open, draped with a green saddle blanket and carrying a flag with the image of a sun. The work was signed in Hindi in the lower right corner and had a sheet size of 22 inches by 30 inches, minus frame. Hussain is often referred to as the "Picasso of India."
The oil painting signed by B. Prabha, titled Woman with a Pear Basket, showed an Indian woman with her hair tied back and long limbs supporting a basket of fruit. The canvas was 22 inches by 16 inches. Prabha entered the art world when few Indian women were involved professionally, and worked on over 50 exhibitions, inside and outside of India.
The auction's list of top earners was not limited to India. An Impressionist harbor etching by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (Mass./U.K/France,1834-
An Impressionist coastline seascape by the 19th century American artist Chas. Turner, depicting large waves crashing over a rocky coast with sailboats and seagulls in the background, changed hands for $8,125. The oil on canvas work, measuring 14 inches by 20 inches, less the frame, was artist signed and came out of a Pawtucket, R.I. collection.
A 19th century English School Realist rendering of a prize bull and heifer standing in a pasture, dated 1862, knocked down for $6,875. The animals were identified as "Ayrshire Lad" and "Miss Morton" within the image, which was 20 inches by 30 inches. The work was signed with a monogrammed "MW" and dated "July/62" in the lower left corner.
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