Mumbai: Eminent artist Jehangir Sabavala died Friday morning of respiratory failure, a family source said. He was 89.
Sabavala had been suffering from lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Shirin and daughter Aafreed.
Sabavala painted in a style that was influenced by cubism and impressionism. His subjects were usually landscapes, figures and seascapes in pastels and muted colours.
Born in Mumbai in 1922, Sabavala graduated from the JJ School of Art in 1944. He then went on to study at Heatherley School of Art in London and the Academie Andre Lhote, the Academie Julian and the Academic de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris.
His first exhibition was held in a room at the Taj Mahal hotel in Bombay. In 2005, a retrospective of his works was organised by the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai and Sakshi Gallery.