PROPERTY OF A DOCTOR
Oil on canvas
24 x 30 1/8 in. (61.2 x 76.5 cm.)
Signed 'Hebbar' lower left
Purchased by the current owner's father while he was posted at the IMF in Washington DC between 1966 and 1969.
One of India's earliest modern artists, K. K. Hebbar was trained in the British academic tradition but experimented with a range of styles throughout his career, that were inspired by both indigenous folk traditions and western modernism. In his quest to formulate a personal idiom, he encapsulated both a visual and a sensory response to his subjects and surroundings.
'From the very beginning of my life as a painter it has been my aim to be able to express my joys and sorrows through colour and line as freely as a child expresses hunger by crying or its joy by laughter. For this purpose I had to learn the vocabulary of art and also to draw sustenance from the vast treasure accumulated from the past and practiced at present all over the world.' (K. K. Hebbar, Voyage in Images, Mumbai, 1991, introduction)
Idyllic rural settings that incorporated nature and the local population were a favoured theme for Hebbar. The current work with a densely blossoming tree in the foreground, depicts two female figures beneath it, enjoying the shade formed by its canopy. Behind them is a small shrine, possibly used by the villagers for their daily worship. A simple hut, possibly their home, is seen in the background amidst more trees. Hebbar’s application of colour creates a dynamic surface, almost Impressionist in the rendering of the leaves and the ground. Unlike his earlier works where colours were applied in flat planes, the current work uses far freer strokes which fill the canvas with movement and an emotional energy.
About The Artist:
KATTINGERI KRISHNA HEBBAR (1911 - 1996)