Satish Sinha





15.0 x 10.2 in. / 38.1 x 25.9 cm.


Charcoal, conte and glass marker on paper

A student of J. P. Gangooly and Percy Brown, Satish Chandra Sinha is best remembered for his realistic portraits of women, both unclothed and otherwise. However, the master portraitist created many other sketches and drawings, such as this conte work, titled Fakirsahab. It is perhaps the likeness of someone the artist knew personally. Sinha was particularly adept at shading, which is borne out excellently in this portrait. Besides the brilliance of lines, what makes this work striking is the gaze in the eyes of the subject, seeking something beyond the realm of the present.

published references

Singh, Kishore, ed., Indian Portraits: The Face of a People (New Delhi: DAG, 2013), p. 471
Singh, Kishore, ed., A Visual History of Indian Modern Art, Volume II: Birth of Modernism (New Delhi: DAG, 2015), p. 357

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