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Lot 325: Bhupen Khakhar (1934 - 2003)

Est: $4,000 USD - $6,000 USDSold:
Christie'sMarch 31, 2005New York, NY, US

Item Overview


Beheaded Figure
Signed and dated in Gujarati at lower right: Bhupen 21/5/96; titled in English on reverse
Watercolor on paper
14 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (35.9 x 26.8 cm.)

Artist or Maker


"In the seventies Khakhar's watercolours were mostly of things seen - a still life, a tree, a shrine, a single figure or perhaps some vignette glimpsed from bus or train. Unlike the oil paintings, they did not attempt to create some encompassing world. But he soon began to exploit the potential of watercolour to dematerialize - its rendering all transparent, evanescent. Bodies and objects could overlay or interpenetrate one another, in a sort of underwater weightlessness, that also affirmed the mind's free fantasy.

Auction Details

Indian and Southeast Asian Art including Modern and Contemporary Indian Art

March 31, 2005, 12:00 AM EST

20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10020, US