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BHUPEN KHAKHAR (1934-2004)
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, MANCHESTER
BHUPEN KHAKHAR (1934-2004)

Manchester Cotton Mills

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BHUPEN KHAKHAR (1934-2004)
Manchester Cotton Mills
signed in Gujarati (lower center) and dated '29/10/2002'
watercolour on paper
16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm.)
Provenance
Given by the Lowry Salford Quays Museum to the present owner as a farewell gift.
The present owner worked as a curator at the Lowry Salford Quays Museum in Manchester and aided the artist during his last stay in England, when he was artist-in-residence at the Lowry for the 2002 exhibition, Bhupen Khakar: Retrospective which was a continuation of his Reina Sofia, Madrid show. She guided Khakar through the cotton mills of Manchester amd took the photographs illustrated below, which served as a reference for the artist.

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Lot Essay

In Manchester Cotton Mills, Bhupen depicts the industrial landscape of the city of Manchester. The architectural composition of the large red brick factories and towering chimneys come to light, combined with a narrative quality, where the eye follows individuals and groupings of stories throughout the work. Painting from observation and photographs, with an acute attention to detail, he creates strokes of sunlight falling in vertical steel hyphens, dashing the lawn while gentle coloured brown brushstrokes transmit an overall sensuous feel. In a BBC Radio 3 interview with close friend and painter Sir Howard Hodgkin, Bhupen Khakhar states: "Right from the beginning and even today my interest is something which is around me, something which is part of my life, part of the things I see". (Bhupen Khakhar interview with Richard Coles and Sir Howard Hodgkin, Night Waves,
BBC Radio 3, 15th October 2002) This was the last time Bhupen Khakhar visited and painted in England before his death in 2004. Other works from the same series are published in Bhupen Khakhar: A Retrospective, exhibition catalogue, The National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, 2003, p. 70.
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