Badri Narayan

The Water Melon Seller’s Family

Lot No
Oil on canvas
Circa 1960
39.6 x 34.5 in.
Rs. 30,00,000 - 35,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 45,46,030

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Signed : Bottom Left

Provenance : Property from an international collection. Artwork was acquired by the present owner from Sotheby’s. Originally from the collection of Joanna Leaker.

Artwork Size

Height of the figure - 6ft

about artist

Born in July 1929, in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Badri Narayan's wonderful work has been showcased in several prestigious exhibitions, including the Asian Artists Exhibition, Tokyo (1957); 'Art Now in India', New Castle, England and Ghent, Belgium (1966); 'India Art Today', Darmstadt,West Germany (1982), among others. The solo shows of this self-taught artist have been held in India, Germany and the USA, apart from featuring in the Biennales of Paris (1961); and the Biennale of Prints, Tokyo, (1966-67). He won the Lalit Kala Akademi award in 1965. He draws from Indian mythology and metaphors and has been influenced by the Indian miniature tradition. His autobiographical perspective appears is a core theme in his work His paintings are narrative. He has once stated: "I have picked up’ the imagery that surrounds me, the one I amborn into, and it comes naturally.”