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AVINASH CHANDRA (1931-1991)
Church
signed and dated 'Avinash 58' (lower left); further inscribed, titled and dated 'Title [...] Church Medium oil [...] [...] No. 2 MR. AVINASH CHANDRA [...] 76 WOODSTOCK LONDON N. W. 11 AVE. N. W. 11' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
35¾ x 27¾ in. (90.9 x 70.7 cm.)
Painted in 1958
Provenance
The Estate of Avinash Chandra
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

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Avinash Chandra created this work in 1958, a critical turning point in the artist's career as he soon shifted direction from this artistic style of structured cubistic compositions and naturalistic landscapes, into looser, more whimsical displays of color, line and figuration for which he is best known. Chandra arrived in London in 1956 and often suggested that his discovery of new forms brought him back to the scenery of his native India, allowing him to reinterpret the architecture and landscape of London. According to Chandra, "English churches and their gothic spires reminded me of Hindu temples of the type you find at Khajuraho in central India."
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