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Zainul Abedin's masterpieces fetch record prices in auction

One painting sold for $381,000 while another for $279,400

Update : 24 Mar 2024, 11:48 AM

In a recent art auction held at Sotheby's in New York, two remarkable paintings by the renowned artist Zainul Abedin stole the spotlight, fetching staggering prices and reaffirming the profound impact of Abedin's artistic legacy.

The auction, titled "Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art," showcased Abedin's masterpieces, drawing admiration from art enthusiasts worldwide.

Among the highlighted works was Abedin's "Santal Couples," sold for $381,000.

It is painted in 1963 a captivating portrayal of a rural couple adorned in traditional attire, exuding symbolic depth with every brushstroke.

This masterpiece measuring 102cm in height and 135.5cm in width painted on canvas with oil colour, captured the essence of rural life with profound authenticity.

Another outstanding piece in the auction was Abedin's depiction of a weary woman draped in a sky-blue saree, adorned with striking red bangles.

Once part of the Marker family collection, it was sold for $279,400, further underscoring Abedin's prominence in the art world.

Painted between 1956 and 1963, this piece, measuring 80.4cm in length and 60.4cm in width, conveyed a sense of sorrow and contemplation. 

Sotheby's, a renowned auction house, chose not to reveal the buyers' identities, adding to the mystery surrounding the purchases. However, these record-breaking sales indicate Abedin's enduring impact and the everlasting attraction of his writings. With each brushstroke, Abedin caught the spirit of Bangladesh's cultural history, mesmerizing audiences all over the world and confirming his status as one of the most respected painters of his time.

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