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          Artwork details

          Yayati, 1987, 1987
          Artist
          Bhupen Khakhar
          Product code
          bhukha1603
          Artwork code
          Artist code
          2406
          Oil on canvas. 170 x 170 cm. (PC C/O) James Kirkman © Estate of Bhupen Khakhar.

          This deeply sensual painting draws on an ancient Indian myth in which an aged king, having been gifted the youth of his son, comes to understand the unquenchable nature of lust. Its overt sexuality reveals Khakhar’s greater confidence in expressing his own homosexuality and the parallels he experienced between the act of making love and the act of painting.

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          Artist details

          A key figure in 20th century painting, Bhupen Khakhar’s pictures depict the world with unflinching honesty and deep humanity. Born in Bombay in 1934, he worked as an accountant by day and painted in his spare time. His portraits of hairdressers, shopkeepers and accountants challenged the art establishment, recasting the ordinary lives of normal lower-middle class Indians into grand, vibrantly coloured compositions. His later works confronted issues of sexuality and identity. These uncompromising and provocative works were often autobiographical, a means through which he addressed his own homosexuality with rare sensitivity and wit.

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