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Zainul Abedin’s artwork sold for record-breaking price


Published : 23 Mar 2024 08:53 PM

In a spectacular event at Sotheby's auction house in New York, the timeless artworks of Zainul Abedin, a revered Bangladeshi artist, have fetched astonishing prices. Among the pieces showcased, "Santal Couples" emerged as the star of the show, clinching a staggering $381,000, setting a new record in the art world.

"Santal Couples" portrays a rustic couple donning traditional conical hats, walking barefoot with profound symbolism. Painted in 1963, the masterpiece, measuring 102 cm in width and 135.5 cm in length, boasts Abedin's distinctive style and artistic finesse, rendered in oil on canvas.

The painting's rich history adds to its allure, having been in the possession of the Marker family, close associates of Abedin, since its acquisition directly from the artist in 1963.

Another Abedin masterpiece, depicting a weary woman adorned in red bangles and draped in a sky-blue saree, fetched a remarkable $279,400 at the same auction. Painted between 1956 and 1963, this artwork, measuring 80.4 cm in length and 60.4 cm in width, captivated collectors with its emotive portrayal and vivid colors.

Both paintings, formerly part of the Marker family collection, have now found new homes, with Sotheby's keeping the identities of the buyers confidential.

The remarkable success of these auctions further cements Zainul Abedin's legacy as one of Bangladesh's most esteemed artists, with his works transcending borders to captivate global audiences. Abedin's ability to encapsulate the essence of rural life and human emotion continues to resonate, commanding unprecedented prices in prestigious art circles.

Art enthusiasts worldwide marvel at Abedin's contributions, recognizing his profound impact on the art world and his enduring influence on future generations of artists. As his masterpieces continue to inspire and enthrall, Abedin's legacy remains firmly entrenched in the annals of art history, celebrated for its unparalleled brilliance and timeless relevance.