It is estimated INR 14 crores worth US $ 2.26M by AstaGuru online from Mumbai, lot 41 closing on March 27. Here is the link to the website of the auction house.
This artwork brings together the two preferred themes of the artist, the bull and the fall.
Disgusted in his youth by the death of oxen in the slaughterhouses, Mehta takes the bovine as the symbol of the vanity of the mankind, from the tortured innocence to the most crazy violence for which the beast takes the features of the demon-buffalo Mahishasura in fight with Durga.
More recent in his art the theme of the fall appears in the late 1980s. A bull or bird is tightly entwined with a human being in a hopeless weightlessness.
In the painting coming for sale the bovine is fat and strangely peaceful, upturned body and four legs upwards. It has no eyes, as blind as the cut head placed in front of Durga in other compositions. A leg and the tail are interchanged. Two hands coming out from below are the only human attributes in this almost invisible embrace.
In this wide range of behaviors the fate for butchery becomes dominant at the end of the artist's career. A diptych made in 2005/2007 displays in each 198 x 152 cm element the silhouette of a beef cut in three pieces. It was sold for $ 2.8M including premium by Christie's on March 23, 2011.
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SOLD for INR 20 crores including premium (worth US$ 3.2M)