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Remembering Tyeb Mehta

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Arun Vadehra of Vadehra Art Gallery picks five landmark paintings which defined the late Tyeb Mehta’s art
Tyeb Mehta, RIP, 1925-2009

Arun Vadehra of Vadehra Art Gallery picks five landmark paintings which defined the late Tyeb Mehta’s art

Falling Figure

In the 1960s, the falling figure became an important motif for Mehta and resulted in this masterpiece

Rickshaw Puller

A lot of Tyeb Mehta’s work was drawn from life, Rickshaw Puller being a prime example of this. The image of a trapped rickshawpuller for whom the vehicle becomes an extension of himself is rated as one of his best works

Mahishasura

A reinterpretation of the popular legend of Mahishasura, the painting portrays Goddess Durga grappling with the demon. It sold for a whopping amount of $1.6 million (Rs 77, 16,8 40) at the Christie’s 2005 auction

Celebration

Again, very similar to the Shantiniketan triptych, this work of art lays emphasis on celebratory aspects of life

Shantiniketan

A unique triptych drawing inspiration from the Santhals’ Charak festival that juxtaposes life and death