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The Lost Tribe



In ?The Lost Tribe?, Sabavala summons up the image of white-robed pilgrims or exiles
traversing a bare plain, forming a momentary focus of life in a desert of rock and petrified
bushes. Fatigue or death has brought the journey to a halt. A group within the group
huddles on the ground, weakened but secure within the envelope of community; it is only
barely protected from vaster uncertainty and hostility, from the predators of history and
nature. Sabavala demonstrates his consummate mastery over colour here, teasing a range
of moods and gradations from his deliberately muted palette of brown and white: the
painting is composed in harmonies of sienna, umber, ecru, taupe, tan, cream and chalk.
?The Lost Tribe? rises in parallel strata: first rocks, dunes and shrubs; above them, receding
horizons; higher still, snow-capped peaks and mountain-like clouds; and in the sky,
minatory birds, their wings spread wide above their potential prey, circling above the lost
tribe like great clouds.

Artist Name

Jehangir Sabavala


812 mm - 32 inches


610 mm - 24 inches




Edition Size 125

About the Artist

Jehangir Ardeshir Sabavala (1922 - 2011) was born to an affluent Parsi family in Bombay (now Mumbai). His mother belonged to the aristocratic Cowasjee Jehangir family. He earned a diploma from Mumbai's Sir J. J. School of Art in 1944. Thereafter he went to Europe and studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art, London, Academie Andre Lhote, Paris Academie Julian (1953?54), and finally at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in 1957. Since 1951, he has held 31 major solo exhibitions across the subcontinent, and in Europe. He has participated in more than 150 group exhibitions all over the world. His work is in several important private and public collections, such as the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Birla Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta, Parliament House, New Delhi, The Punjab Government Museum, Chandigarh, Air India Mumbai, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, The National gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

About the Art form

A Serigraph is a rendition of an original artwork created by the silk-screen printing process. In the past, the silk-screen printing process used a stencil to create the print of an image or a design. Stencils were used for centuries in the Orient to make fine art prints as well as craft items, fabrics, robes, scriptures and various decorative goods. In Europe, the stencilling technique was adopted by craftsmen for mostly utilitarian purposes. Stencils were also used to add colour to playing cards and religious pictures printed with wood blocks. By 17th century, the technique was being used to print ornate wallpapers. And by late 18th century, stencil printing had made its way to the New World but it was not until the early 20th century that screen printing was started to be used as an artistic medium. The creation of a serigraph is a very labour-intensive hands-on artistic procedure that requires many weeks to be completed. Before the printing process is started, the artist who created the original image is consulted. Sometimes the artists like to make changes when printing the edition - treating the print as an original rather than a reproduction of an already existing image. At times, even a few changes in the image or the emphasizing of certain colours or design elements can create a dynamic new image.


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