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Bhupen Khakhar (1934 - 2003)
Beheaded Figure
Signed and dated in Gujarati at lower right: Bhupen 21/5/96; titled in English on reverse
Watercolor on paper
14 1/8 x 10½ in. (35.9 x 26.8 cm.)

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"In the seventies Khakhar's watercolours were mostly of things seen - a still life, a tree, a shrine, a single figure or perhaps some vignette glimpsed from bus or train. Unlike the oil paintings, they did not attempt to create some encompassing world. But he soon began to exploit the potential of watercolour to dematerialize - its rendering all transparent, evanescent. Bodies and objects could overlay or interpenetrate one another, in a sort of underwater weightlessness, that also affirmed the mind's free fantasy.

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