Oil on canvas, 32" by 24" (81 cm. by 61 cm.) plus narrow modern wood frame, signed at lower left in red in English and an Indian language, and dated there 9/1962 by well known Indian (Goan) artist LAXMAN PAI (1926-). The painting is also signed again on the reverse, and titled there "Lonely Forest". This is a powerful, modernist, expressionistic painting of a figure, created during mid life by one of India's elder statesmen artists, and one of the few still alive from a generation of major Indian painters. Pai was born in Mumbai, and schooled there and in Paris in art. Highly recognized within India and particularly the coastal enclave of Goa, where he was the principal of the Goa College of Art, Pai knew and associated with most of the major 20th century painters of the sub continent, including Maqbool Husain, Souza, Raza, Bakre, Ram Kumar, and Gede. I saw one black and white photo online, dating to the 1950's, showing him in a photo with several of those famous painters. He has not achieved the astronomical auction prices they have, but his art has been featured in over 100 solo exhibitions, on many continents, as well as in a number of Biennales. Pai's paintings and prints appear with some frequency at auction, and they bring into the five figures. This work reminds one of the master Souza's work, and it doesn't surprise, seeing as how Pai and Souza associated with some frequency. CONDITION: Excellent. This is ready for the wall. .
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