4 June 1997
Balraj Khanna (b.1940)
Rose Garden - Chandigarh
signed and dated 'KHANNA 69' (top right) and inscribed on the reverse 'Balraj Khanna 1969 Rose Garden - Chandigarh'
oil on canvas
34 7/8 x 34 7/8 in. (88.5 x 88.5 cm.)
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London, Commonwealth Institute, 18 June-12 July 1970, no. 12.
New York, Herbert Benevy Gallery, 29 March-19 April 1971.
This painting is from the series that began in 1965. Following a road accident that year, the artist moved to France to recover. It was there that he became struck by the beauty of the nearby forest which inspired him to embark on a series of paintings based on the trees and foliage. Wherever he travelled he would continue to work with this theme. This painting was painted in Chandigarh inspired by a beautiful rose garden near the house where he was staying.
Please note that the illustration for this lot has been transposed with the image for Lot 223.
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