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Krishnaji Howlaji Ara

(India 1914 – 1985)

Untitled (still life)
Place of origin
circa 1945
Media categories
Watercolour, Painting
Materials used
gouache on paper

54.5 x 74.9 cm sight; 67.7 x 88.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l. l. corner "Ara" in English.
Gift of Zenobia Boyce 2008
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Krishnaji Howalji Ara was a founding member of the Bombay Progressives Group and is regarded as one of the most intuitive of the modernists. His interest in still life began around the 1940s and continued through the 1950s. Yashodhara Dalmia says of Ara's still life paintings: "Ara's achievement lay in fusing a raw sensuality with a calculated structuring, thereby revitalizing the entire still life genre. He constantly experimented with paint to acquire what he describes as the 'honest expression of form'. There is a rough, uneven, jagged look to all his still life paintings, with minimal attention to details, which distinguishes his works from others."
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2008.