Henning Holck-Larsen was the co-founder of the eponymous Larsen & Toubro Limited. As a young engineer, he turned east from his native Denmark and set up the company that is today one of India's largest engineering and construction conglomerates. Aside from the company, Mr. Holck-Larsen was a leading patron of contemporary Indian art.
In August 2000, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, honored Mr. Holck-Larsen for his contributions to contemporary Indian art. At a time when the Progressives and their contemporaries were just starting out, it was under the encouragement of European patrons such as Mr. Holck-Larsen, that these artists were able to grow and develop both artistically and professionally. He was also known to commission works by artists for specific spaces, and established the notion of corporate collecting in India.
Mr. Holck-Larsen died at the age of 96 in his adopted homeland in July 2003. During his lifetime, he was able to combine a decidedly European sensibility with an intuitive understanding of the rich Indian aesthetic heritage. His patronage of Indian art reflected the man himself: his effervescent spirit, his eclectic outlook and most importantly, his enthusiasm for roads less traveled.
Seven works from the Estate of Mr. Henning Holck-Larsen are included in the current sale.
PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR