Arun Bose





29.5 x 24.7 in. / 74.9 x 62.7 cm.


Watercolour, gouache and ink with rice paper on handmade paper

This Untitled work has a wash-like look that creates an illuminating effect. It is difficult to tell whether Arun Bose has painted a tribal deity or a demon, or some fantastical character from his imagination. But with four eyes, two noses, webbed, wing-like hands, the half-human, half-animal form seems to belong to Bose’s own world of magic-realist fantasy or dreams. The creature appears to float mid-air, baring small but pointed teeth within a wide mouth, creating a sense of mystery, as Bose’s works often did.

published references

Singh, Kishore, ed., Manifestations XI | 75 Artists, 20th Century Indian Art (New Delhi: DAG, 2014), p. 182
Singh, Kishore, Memory and Identity: Indian Artists Abroad (New Delhi: DAG, 2016), p. 28
Singh, Kishore, ed., India’s Rockefeller Artists: An Indo-US Cultural Saga (New Delhi: DAG, 2017), p. 322
India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France (New Delhi: DAG, 2018), p. 302
Singh, Kishore, ed., Navrasa: The Nine Emotions of Art (New Delhi: DAG, 2020), p. 237

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