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Noted artist Tyeb Mehta dies

Noted artist Tyeb Mehta died early Thursday morning at his residence in Mumbai.

The 84-year old artist was suffering from heart trouble. He is survived by his wife Sakina, a son and a daughter.

His canvas at a Christie’s auction in June 2008 fetched him his highest-ever price of $2 million.

Mehta’s canvas 'Kali'- a dramatic, disturbing work depicting the Goddess with a gouged mouth, broke the Rs 1 crore barrier in 2005, and his 'Celebration'- an expanse of shrouded figures, went for Rs 1.5 crore in 2002.

The artist received the Padma Bhushan in 2007.

Born in Gujarat in 1925, Tyeb Mehta spent an initial period working as a film editor in a cinema laboratory. He received his diploma in painting from Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai, in 1952.


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