Lot#16 || Krishnaji Howlaji Ara (1914 - 1985)
UNTITLED (Flower Vase)
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left
31.00 x 40.00 in
₹ 25,00,000 -
Private Mumbai Collection
Born in 1914 K. H. Ara, a founder member of the Progressive Artists’ Group, evolved his trademark style, through nudes and still-life paintings. At first, he preferred to make still life’s for commission due to his financial status. He was a modernist for whom the form and language of art preceded all other social and political motivations. This evolved a certain eclecticism which led him in an exploration of his own style unlike other members of PAG.
The background and the middle ground blur to bring the background landscape forward as can also be seen in the comparable work below. Although the Sun at the back is an indicator of perspective, Ara leaves the viewer wondering whether the work is a landscape or a still life. His work typically have bold yet controlled colours and often have still life as the primary subject matter. He uses white pigment and the canvas to show the play of light along creating depth effect.
Partial 'Pundoles Art Gallery & Picture Framers' framing label on stretcher.