The young Durga inspires him. Painted in 1984, a two-headed figure with four arms sitting peacefully next to a cut bull's head was sold for INR 17.8 crores including premium by AstaGuru on August 23, 2017.
Back in Mumbai he began a new phase of his career, gradually integrating in bright colors the extreme violence deployed to overcome evil by the two emanations of Parvati, Kali and Durga.
The image of Kali with a blue skin is recognizable by any connoisseur of Hindu mythology. An oil on canvas 170 x 137 cm painted in 1989 was sold for INR 3.95 crores worth US $ 990K including premium by Saffronart on June 7, 2007, a very high price for this artist at that time. It is estimated US $ 3M worth INR 19.8 crores on June 14 by the same auction house online from Mumbai, lot 33.
The goddess with a Prussian blue skin is standing in an attitude of extreme physical strength, legs apart ready for fight. Another body appears as a defeated victim while a pure white hand reaches her fertile belly, symbol of her role of rebirth after destruction. Kali was so strong that she once trampled the good god Shiva. The scarlet red hanging tongue expresses her shame after this awkwardness.
Tyeb Mehta painted very few Kali figures in full length. He will prefer the epic brawl of Durga with the demon Mahishasura.
SOLD for US $ 4M (worth INR 26.4 crores) including premium