DAG’s second outing at Masterpiece London, the prestigious fair for everything from exceptional jewellery, furniture and antiquities to works of art held annually at Chelsea, was marked by outstanding inclusions of works by modern masters. The showstopper was a massive sized British Raj - Procession by M. F. Husain (one of two works, the other being his Theorem II) that grabbed everyone’s attention, but equally hypnotising were paintings by Natvar Bhavsar (Eketak), George Keyt (Two Women Amid Plants), F. N. Souza’s fabulous Temple Dancer, tantra-based paintings by G. R. Santosh,
Prabhakar Barwe and a work in relief by Satish Gujral.
An early Still-Life with Bottles by Jehangir Sabavala, an abstract cityscape by Avinash Chandra, and the exuberant Bandwallas by Krishen Khanna, alongside K. K. Hebbar’s mesmerising Caravan were other works in the curated selection that offered an overview of twentieth century Indian modern
art for the second year running. A remarkable feature, according to visitor comments, was the peculiar use of colours by
Indian artists that was manifest in the selection.