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Title

Untitled (still life)

circa 1945

Artist

Krishnaji Howlaji Ara

India

1914 - 1985

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    India
    Date
    circa 1945
    Media categories
    Watercolour , Painting
    Materials used
    gouache on paper
    Dimensions
    54.5 x 74.9 cm sight; 67.7 x 88.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l. l. corner "Ara" in English.

    Credit
    Gift of Zenobia Boyce 2008
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    244.2008
    Artist information
    Krishnaji Howlaji Ara

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    India