An image of In the river Jamuna

Bhupen Khakhar

(India 1934 – 08 Aug 2003)

In the river Jamuna

Location
Not on display
Further information

Bhupen Khakhar was one of India's leading modern painters and lived an openly gay life in Baroda, an industrial town half-way between Mumbai (Bombay) and New Delhi. His oil paintings, watercolours and prints, influenced by Indian miniature painting and popular Indian calendar art, take no regard of perspectival accuracy and often present figures in looming, dark and anchorless spaces.

His depictions of everyday, middle-class life are humorous and irreverent. In this print we can see that the artist has drawn on the sexual ambiguity found in traditional Indian art and has placed embracing men in the context of Indian temple life and mythology.

Place of origin
Baroda, Gujarat, India
Cultural origin
Baroda school
Period
India: Contemporary circa 1945–onwards
Year
1992
Media
Print
Medium
etching; printed in black ink on paper
Dimensions
49 x 49.5 cm image; 69.2 x 61.7 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed, l.r.corner [untranslated. Gujarati script]. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1994
Accession number
355.1994
Copyright
© Bhupen Khakhar