An image of Bathing Ghat

Bhupen Khakhar

(India 1934 – 08 Aug 2003)

Bathing Ghat

Not on display
Further information

Bhupen Khakhar is one of India's leading painters. He also works with water-colour and printmaking. He lives an openly gay life in Baroda, an industrial town half-way between Mumbai (Bombay) and New Delhi. Bhupen Khakhar paints everyday, middle-class life in an Indian urban environment. His oil paintings and watercolours, influenced by Indian miniature painting and popular Indian calendar art, take no regard of perspectival accuracy and instead present figures in looming dark and anchorless spaces. One has the sense that his paintings represent stage sets for homosexual dramas. His treatment of the theme is often humorous as well as radical, as his embracing men are depicted in the context of Indian temple life or mythology. The artist draws on the sexual ambiguity in traditional Indian art as the inspiration for his work.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 296.

Place of origin
Baroda, Gujarat, India
Cultural origin
Baroda school artist
India: Contemporary circa 1945–onwards
colour lithograph
37.5 x 53.5 cm image; 56.6 x 76.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed, l.r, pencil, Gujarati script, [untranslated]. Not dated.
Purchased 1994
Accession number
© Bhupen Khakhar
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