19 September 2002
Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar (1911 - 1996)
Creation and Destruction
Signed and dated 'Hebbar 87' lower right
Oil on canvas
29½ x 36½ in. (74.9 x 92.8 cm.)
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Lalit Kala Akademi, Nature and Environment, New Delhi, 1989, p. 58, illustrated.
K.K. Hebbar, Voyages in Images, Mumbai, 1991, pl. 9, illustrated.
New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, A Homage to Pandit Nehru, 1989.
Hebbar's evolution as an artist reveals a gradual movement from academic realism to near-abstraction. The central theme in his oeuvre has always been man. In later works, this translates into his preoccupation with man's scientific and technological development. Having lived through two world wars, Hebbar's fascination with science is not without an element of discomfort. 'I was conscious of the seeds of destruction that technology carried in its womb'. (K.K. Hebbar, Voyages in Images, Mumbai, 1991.)
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