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K H Ara
(1914 - 1985)

Portrait of Marianne Dahlin

KH Ara made an astounding entry into the Indian art world in the 1940s, defying the difficult circumstances of his childhood, as well as the limitations from his lack of formal training in art. Born to a Dalit bus driver in a village in Andhra Pradesh, Ara ran away to Mumbai at the age of seven, began working as a car cleaner, and later discovered that he could paint. Using an apropos metaphor for the still life paintings that Ara eventually...

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22-23 JUNE 2022


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K H Ara
Portrait of Marianne Dahlin

Signed 'K.H.ARA' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
22.75 x 16.5 in (57.8 x 41.9 cm)

Acquired in Mumbai, circa 1940-50
Collection of Marianne Dahlin, Sweden
Thence by descent
Property of a Lady, Sweden

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


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