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Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art / Krishna Hawlaji Ara (Indian, 1914-1985) Untitled (Still Life)

Lot 15
Krishna Hawlaji Ara
(Indian, 1914-1985)
Untitled (Still Life)
24 May 2022, 13:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

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Krishna Hawlaji Ara (Indian, 1914-1985)

Untitled (Still Life)
signed 'Ara' lower right
watercolour and gouache on paper
61.8 x 46.5cm (24 5/16 x 18 5/16in).


Private Collection, India;
Acquired from the artist's family member.

For a similarly styled vase and painting technique see Christie's, South Asian Art, Mumbai, 19th December 2013, lot 13.

It was around the late 1940s and all through the 1950s that Ara turned towards painting Still Life. His Still Life's have a deliberate roughness in both drawing and painting as can be seen in the present lot, and this is perhaps the most striking aspect of his paintings. The pink flowers drawn with minimal attention to detail, help distinguish his work from other artists and seeks to encapsulate what Ara wished to achieve in his works, which was the honest expression of form. Although Ara worked primarily in watercolours, his techniques evolved so that it looked as though his works were made using oil paints, as one might deduce when looking at the current lot. He achieved this by applying his colours straight from the tube and then spreading it in a dry impasto method. Ara's achievement perhaps lies in his abilities to combine sensuality with a calculated structuring that elevated and distinguished him from his contemporaries.

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