Playing Games : B. Vithal

In two separate paintings depicting a play of games by B.Vithal we see a glimpse into two worlds. The first painting of boys playing cards is a scene of contemporary street life. Is it a game of bluff? Are they gambling? Does this game need more luck or more wit?

Untitled / Oil on Canvas 1986 / B.Vithal [image via Astaguru’s Collectors Choice auction June 2021]

But ‘smart’ people play chess; this is why, from movies to paintings, it is always the ‘intellectual giants’ that are shown locked in a battle of wits.

Untitled / image via StoryLtd’s auction, July 2023.

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