Contemporary Indian artist Akbar Padamsee’s “Greek Landscape” – inspired by the beauty of cubism in Greek construction – broke records at Saffronart’s auction going under the hammer for Rs 19.19 crore, breaking his earlier record “Reclining Nude” set by Sotheby’s in 2011.
Padamsee is one of India’s most acclaimed artists and considered a pioneer in modern art. He has worked with various mediums from oil painting, plastic emulsion, water-color, sculpture, printmaking and digital graphics.
“We are thrilled with the world auction records we set tonight, notably for Akbar Padamsee and Nasreen Mohamedi. The sale provided a greater spectrum of modernist works, and works rarely seen at auction were well received. We were also gratified by the interest shown by international collectors,” said Hugo Weihe, auctioneer and CEO of Saffronart.
Padamsee’s 4.3 x 12-foot canvas inspired by Greece more than doubled its upper estimate in the sale on Thursday. Overall, the auction achieved a total sale value of Rs 68.55 crore against pre-sale bettering the estimates of Rs 62.1-87.8 crore, according to a statement from the gallery.