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Clocher du Village (c 1958)
By Syed Haider Raza
Estimated price: £450,000-600,000
Price realized: £481,250

Syed Haider Raza (b 1922) is a founding member of the revolutionary Bombay Progressive Artist’s Group. Having lived in France for over half a century, only recently returning to India, his works combine French modernist techniques and vibrant classical Indian colours, recalling traditional Indian miniature paintings.

Clocher du Village, 1958, is an early monumental canvas which attracted considerable interest when it was sold at Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Sale on Thursday, June 10, fetching £481,250 and becoming the second highest price in the sale.

This painting was one of several wonderful early works by Raza offered in the auction; each came from different private American, Canadian and French collections reflecting the widespread appeal of his work. In 2010, Christie’s set a world record price for the artist and any modern Indian work of art when Raza’s phenomenal piece, Saurashtra, sold for £2.3 million to a private Indian museum.

Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Sale was held on June 10 in London. For further information please visit http://www.christies.com.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on August 19, 2012.