Tyeb Mehta, 84, Dean Of India’s Painters

“[He] emerged as the leading light of India’s first post-colonial generation of Modernists. In 2005 his 1997 painting Mahisasura, an image of the Hindu buffalo-demon defeated by the goddess Durga, sold at Christie’s New York for $1.58 million, the highest price ever paid for the work of a living Indian artist. … His death was reported on the front pages of newspapers across India.”