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          Green Lnadscape, 1995, 1995
          Bhupen Khakhar
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          Oil on canvas. 175 x 175 cm. Collection Ranjana Steinruecke, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke © Estate of Bhupen Khakhar.

          Produced at the height of Khakhar’s homoerotic phase, this densely painted work features multiple figures around the main image of a landscape. In the top of the picture, a series of sexual encounters take place in an idealised setting of trees and gushing fountains. These couplings – partly autobiographical, partly fictitious – reflect the artist’s distinctive fusing of fantasy and reality.

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          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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