Lot#21 || K.K. Hebbar (1911 - 1996)
Untitled (Female Monk) (1964)

Ink on paper
Signed and dated lower left
21.50 x 14.50 in

Estimate   20,000 - ₹ 50,000

Private Collection Bangalore
Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar born in Karnataka stands out as a unique southern artist of the 1970s. Unlike his contemporaries, he did not align himself with any artistic movement or group and yet became recognised as a significant modernist figure. Hebbar received his formal artistic training from the Sir J J School of Art Bombay and later at The Académie Julian Paris. Despite his training in the Western tradition; this artwork reveals how Hebbar’s oeuvre remained deeply rooted in the rich folk traditions of India. His drawings and paintings capture the grace of dance performances influenced by his study of the classical Indian dance form Kathak. Hebbar’s artistic journey was marked by continuous experimentation, and he enriched his creative language through numerous trips across the country including visits to historically significant sites like the ancient caves at Karla in Maharashtra. Notably, a sketch from one of these trips earned him a prestigious gold medal from the Bombay Art Society.
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