Jamini Roy Gouache on Paperboard, ca. 1960
The painting has been in our family since 1960. My parents purchased it directly from Mr. Roy when his studio was in Bombay.
Jamini Roy combines classical Indian training as well as folk traditions. And, of course, the subject matter is the beautiful, universally beloved eternal female. It's a great image. It's gouache on paper board. The simple contemporary quality of it really speaking to the time that it was done in the 1960s is tremendous, and which is very popular right now. Do you remember what your family paid for it?
Probably $75 to $80 for this piece.
Oh, my goodness! At auction, because of the popularity of the artist and of the rising importance of Indian artwork, I would be estimating it between $7,000 and $9,000 at auction.
That's very much of a surprise, but nice to hear!
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