Krishen Khanna

Untitled (Supper at Emmaus)
pencil on paper
26.25 x 19 in. (66.6 x 48.2 cm.)
executed in 1998
Winning Bid: $ 4,500
Estimate: US$ 5,000 - 7,000
Lot Closed

Lot Details

signed, dated twice and inscribed 'K.Khanna / 27 Apr '98 / Be the day / 1998' (lower right)

The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai.
Property of a private collection based in Dubai.

This work is a detailed pencil drawing from the Emmaus series of the resurrected Christ, where Jesus Christ reveals himself to two of his apostles, Judas and Peter. This is a recurring theme in Khanna’s repertoire - a moment in time when the divine enters everyday life, thus reaffirming and strengthening faith.

Krishen Khanna

(b. 1925)
Born in 1925, in Lahore, Krishen Khanna worked as a banker while he studied painting as a part time programme at the Mayo School of Art. A job transfer brought him in close proximity with the members of the Progressive Artists’ Group in Mumbai, where he chose to pursue a full-time career as an artist. In 1962-63 Khanna received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Council, New York and was artist-in-residence at the American University, Washington DC. In 2010, Saffronart hosted a retrospective of his work at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. His other solo exhibitions include those held by Saffronart in association with Osborne Samuel and Berkeley Square Gallery at the Royal Academy, London, in 2007; Saffronart and Berkeley Square Gallery, London, in 2005; Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 2004; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1994; and Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2001, 1966, 64, 60, 59 and 58. His works were also included in exhibitions held by Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, New York, in 2001 and 2002. In 2011, the Government of India awarded him with the Padma Bhushan; in 2004 he received the Lalit Kala Ratna from the President of India; and in 1997 he received the Kala Ratna from the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi. Khanna lives and works in New Delhi.