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£5,500

ABDUR REHMAN CHUGHTAI (1897-1975) MUGHAL PRINCESS WITH A WINE CUP, WATERCOLOUR ON PAPER, SIGNED ON RIGHT

Size: 18.8 x 14 inches

Reference:

Lot no. 671 from Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Sale dated
21st September 2022 held in New York

Provenance:

Acquired directly by a Important European collection from a Malaysian Gallery in 2000.

Footnotes:

Abdur Rahman Chughtai, a preeminent painter and intellectual from Pakistan, is
renowned for pioneering a distinctive artistic style that amalgamates Mughal art, miniature
painting, Art Nouveau, and Islamic art traditions. Acknowledged as 'the first significant
modern Muslim artist from South Asia,' he holds the esteemed position of the national artist
of Pakistan. Born in Lahore in 1897, Chughtai hailed from a lineage of craftsmen, architects,
and decorators. His artistic journey commenced with a foundation in naqqashi under his
uncle Baba Miran Shah Naqqash, followed by education at the Railway Technical School and
the Mayo School of Art, where he eventually became the head instructor in chromo-
lithography.Chughtai's artistic prowess blossomed with his first revivalist 'oriental' style
painting in 1916, and he gained prominence through exhibitions and contributions to
Lahore's burgeoning modern art scene. A versatile artist, he excelled in watercolours, print-
making, and etching, perfecting the latter during visits to London in the mid-1930s. Over six
decades, Chughtai produced a vast oeuvre, including watercolours, pencil sketches, etchings,
and aquatints, amassing nearly 2000 watercolours and numerous other creations.His
significant contribution extended beyond visual arts, encompassing short stories, articles on
art, stamp and coin design, and book covers. Chughtai's magnum opus, the Muraqqai-i-
Chughtai, an illustrated edition of Mirza Ghalib's Urdu poetry, is hailed as a masterpiece in
book production. Recognized as one of the most prominent representatives of Pakistan
post-1947, Chughtai's work garnered global acclaim, with influential figures like Allama Iqbal,
Pablo Picasso, and Elizabeth II counting among his admirers. His thematic repertoire drew
inspiration from Indo-Islamic legends, folklore, history, Punjab, Persia, and the Mughal
world, showcasing a nuanced fusion of influences. Chughtai's legacy endures through his
extensive exhibitions and the presence of his works in collections worldwide.

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£5,500

ABDUR REHMAN CHUGHTAI (1897-1975) MUGHAL PRINCESS WITH A WINE CUP, WATERCOLOUR ON PAPER, SIGNED ON RIGHT

Size: 18.8 x 14 inches

Reference:

Lot no. 671 from Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Sale dated
21st September 2022 held in New York

Provenance:

Acquired directly by a Important European collection from a Malaysian Gallery in 2000.

Footnotes:

Abdur Rahman Chughtai, a preeminent painter and intellectual from Pakistan, is
renowned for pioneering a distinctive artistic style that amalgamates Mughal art, miniature
painting, Art Nouveau, and Islamic art traditions. Acknowledged as 'the first significant
modern Muslim artist from South Asia,' he holds the esteemed position of the national artist
of Pakistan. Born in Lahore in 1897, Chughtai hailed from a lineage of craftsmen, architects,
and decorators. His artistic journey commenced with a foundation in naqqashi under his
uncle Baba Miran Shah Naqqash, followed by education at the Railway Technical School and
the Mayo School of Art, where he eventually became the head instructor in chromo-
lithography.Chughtai's artistic prowess blossomed with his first revivalist 'oriental' style
painting in 1916, and he gained prominence through exhibitions and contributions to
Lahore's burgeoning modern art scene. A versatile artist, he excelled in watercolours, print-
making, and etching, perfecting the latter during visits to London in the mid-1930s. Over six
decades, Chughtai produced a vast oeuvre, including watercolours, pencil sketches, etchings,
and aquatints, amassing nearly 2000 watercolours and numerous other creations.His
significant contribution extended beyond visual arts, encompassing short stories, articles on
art, stamp and coin design, and book covers. Chughtai's magnum opus, the Muraqqai-i-
Chughtai, an illustrated edition of Mirza Ghalib's Urdu poetry, is hailed as a masterpiece in
book production. Recognized as one of the most prominent representatives of Pakistan
post-1947, Chughtai's work garnered global acclaim, with influential figures like Allama Iqbal,
Pablo Picasso, and Elizabeth II counting among his admirers. His thematic repertoire drew
inspiration from Indo-Islamic legends, folklore, history, Punjab, Persia, and the Mughal
world, showcasing a nuanced fusion of influences. Chughtai's legacy endures through his
extensive exhibitions and the presence of his works in collections worldwide.

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