BANARAS IN SUMMER

MANU PAREKH

From a limited edition of one hundred and twenty five
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Signed in English (lower right)
Serigraphy on paper
Printed area size: 39 x 77.5 in (99 x 196.8 cm)
Sheet area size: 45 x 84 in (114.3 x 213.3 cm)
This item will be sold unframed, in a roll

StoryLTD Ref No: 47385
  • Rs 80,000 (exc GST)
  • $1,082
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Description

Manu Parekh began painting the holy city of Benares after his first visit there in the 1980s, following his father's death. Inspired by the many dualities that seemed to inform the city and its residents - of life and death, light and shadow, faith and fear - the artist has been painting its river-bank architecture ever since.

Balancing the darker tones of trees and land with the iridescent interiors of temples and the deep ochre-orange of the evening sky, this work, like Parekh's other cityscapes, does not portray any of the eternal city's residents, but focuses instead on the heaving, living city itself.


About Manu Parekh - Limited Edition Serigraphs

Banaras, the holy land for Hindus to wash down their sin and re-emerge anew: it’s the site for Manu Parekh’s renditions in this collection of serigraphs. 
Blue, brown, gray, pink, crimson, lemon, yellow—Parekh’s colouring of this pilgrimage space has no limits. Ironically, Banaras, as a source of inspiration, came to Parekh at a time when he faced extraordinary difficulty creating new artworks. The artist had just moved to Delhi from Kolkata and found himself experiencing a void in his life and art. His salvation: Banaras. 
For Parekh, Banaras was symbolic of the tumultuous relationship the Indian psyche have with religion. “Fear and faith”, according to him, go hand in hand. This dynamic of anxiety is ever present in his Banaras works; crooked and oblong temples and trees, painted entirely in black figures, loom darkly over the lurid colours in the background. The mixed air of melancholia and lush theatre, which turns up often in his works, is part of the aesthetic that shaped Parekh’s status as one of India’s eminent Modernists.  

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