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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 119

    KRISHEN KHANNA (B. 1925)

    Upward Thrust

    Price Realised  

    KRISHEN KHANNA (B. 1925)
    Upward Thrust
    signed 'K Khanna '64' (lower right); bearing Gallery Nordness label "Nordness Gallery Inc, New York, NY 10021, Title: Upward Thrust" (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    72 x 42¼ in. (182.9 x 107.3 cm.)
    Painted in 1964


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    Krishen Khanna was the first Indian artist to be awarded the traveling fellowship from the John D Rockefeller III Council of Economics and Cultural affairs in 1962. Upward Thrust was painted after Khanna had decided to travel to the Far East, visiting countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan. Khanna was particularly influenced by the ancient art of Suni-e practised by Zen Buddhists in Japan around AD1330. Upward Thrust takes its stylistic core from Suni-e work though rendered on canvas rather than rice paper. Khanna has created an abstract maze of smooth boulders, shapes and shadows that flow over the canvas.