Lot 57 | 5 March 2023



LOT 57


B. India, 1939-2015

Two Galloping Horses

Signed Sunil Das on lower right

Charcoal on paper

58.5 x 90.2 cm

Private Collection, Singapore

RM 5,000 – 12,000

One of India’s important post-modernist painters, Sunil Das rose to prominence with his drawing of horses. “I must have done 7000 horses between 1950 to 60,” he says. “In 1962, I went to Spain, where I was fascinated by the bull fights.” Sunil Das’s paintings not only express the physical attributes of his subjects but also their associative ones. Every once in a while he paints human beings, but his depiction of the human anatomy is skewed, to a point that it almost borders on macabre surrealism. Hardly ever painting in loud or warm colours, Sunil Das uses soft brown, mauve and white in the background to bring out the drama of life. He blends talent with hard work. He works by suggestion and minimalism.