Untitled (Painting in Black, Gray and Green and Brown)
signed and dated 'Kibria '70' (lower left); further dated, inscribed, signed and titled '1967-1968 / Rs. 4000 / Kibria 69.70 / 40" x 34" / Painting in Black / gray and green / and Brown' and bearing artist's label (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
40 1/8 x 34 in. (102 x 86.5 cm.)
Painted in 1967-70
Acquired directly from the artist in Dhaka, 1974, while on assignment with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Thence by descent

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"Kibria's inquiry into the abstract qualities of line, colour and texture became more persistent [...] The shift from the image to the basic grammar of painting put him in a convenient position to capture the intangible forces, which were now his focal interest. These forces could emanate from his response to a meaningless texture of earth, an incidental scratching on a wall, shades of atmosphere, or effects of light. Quite often, more than one of these elements find their way into a single picture [...] Kibria's work of the late sixties is noticeable for its artistic restraint." (I. ul Hassan, Painting in Pakistan, Lahore, 1991, p. 113)

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