dimanche 12 avril 2009

Lot 405, Jivya Soma Mashe "Double Fisherman" 2008
acrylic and cowdung on canvas, 237 x 138 cm, 93.3 x 54.3 inches, estimate 7500 - 8500 €


Jivya Soma Mashe "Double Fisherman" detail.

When you take a close look at Jivya Soma Mashe's paintings, what is most striking about them is the "movement", the quality of the detail, the lightness and, at the same time, the precision of line and stroke. There is no such thing as hesitancy in Jivya Soma Mashe's work. The detail and the overall composition of the work both help its movement. "There are human beings, birds, animals, insects, etc. Day and night there is movement. Life is movement." Jivya Soma Mashe describes the deep feelings which drive the soul of his paintings. As the Adivasis -first inhabitants of India- he tells about the most ancient times and conjure up an ancestral culture, an in-depth study that would possibly help to reveal some of the cultural and religious foundations of modern India.

The "fishnet" is a recurrent and emblematic figure of Jivya Soma Mashe. This is the first time that the artist, presented in the "Magiciens de la terre" as in many other historical exhibitions, paints a double fishnet. Jivya Soma Mashe does not hesitate to serve its purpose, to reverse these two scenes of fishing. Perpendicular to the direction of reading, the two fishnets are deployed in mirror. The two arcs merge harmoniously. The ensemble is a rigorous and effective vision that calls to mind one of the most beautiful moments of Minimal Art and, somewhere, of Tantric Art. With a minimum of means and an aesthetic rigor, this "double fishermen" claims itself as one of the major works of Jivya Soma Mashe that we will see at a solo show in the exhibition "Other Masters India ", Musée du Quai Branly, Paris March - July 2010.

Recent auction results for Jivya Soma Mashe’s paintings (above, left to right)
"The Big Grass Story" 2008, acrylic and cowdung on canvas, 142 x 135 cm, estimate 3 200 - 3 500 sold for € 3 825 €
"Modernity and Tradition" 2003, acrylic on canvas, 160 x 320 cm, estimate 4 400 - 4 800 sold for € 10 533 €
"The Ant" 2007, acrylic and cowdung on canvas, 136 x 176 cm, estimate 5 000 - 7 000 sold for € 13 631 €

Jivya Soma Mashe selected biography :
1975 - Gallery Chemould, Bombay, India.
1989 - Magiciens de la Terre, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
1998 - Other Masters, New Craft Museum, New Delhi, India.
2003 - Richard Long, Jivya Soma Mashe, Dialog, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany.
2004 - Richard Long, Jivya Soma Mashe, Un Incontro, PAC, Milano, Italy.
2006 - Jivya Soma Mashe and the Warli Tradition, Shippensburg University, USA.
2007 - Nek Chand, Jivya Soma Mashe, Halle Saint-Pierre, Paris, France.
2007 - Warli, paintings by Jivya Soma Mashe and Balu, Gallery Chemould,Mumbai, India;
Upcoming events :
2009 - Small sizes of the Warli tribe, , Mohanjeet, Paris, France.
2010 - Autres Maîtres de l’Inde, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris France

This canvas of Jivya Soma Mashe (Lot 405) will be exhibited at the Hotel Dassault, 7 Rond-point des Champs-Elysées (14 to 20 April, 11 am to 19 pm) alongside other works in this sale including those of Douglas Gordon, Andy Goldsworthy, ...

Lot 385, Douglas Gordon (b. 1966) "Selfportrait of You + Me (Catherine Deneuve), August 2007 Photo color burned on mirror Estimate: 50000 - 70000 €
Lot 406, Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956) "A good short shower of rain wetting the road but not enough to run", 1992 Edition chromogenic, Estimate: 14000 - 18000 €

> see the catalog for the Artcurial Sale of 21 April 2009

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