AVINASH CHANDRA (1931-1991)
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ALITA CHANDRA WIG
AVINASH CHANDRA (1931-1991)

Untitled (Pahalgam)

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AVINASH CHANDRA (1931-1991)
Untitled (Pahalgam)
signed and dated 'Avinash 54' (lower right)
oil on canvas
24½  x 29½ in. (62.2 x 74.9 cm.)
Painted in 1954
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The Collection of the Artist
Thence by descent

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Avinash Chandra was born in Simla in 1931. After graduating from Delhi Polytechnic in 1952, he taught at the institution for a few years and in 1955, married his classmate and fellow artist Premlata. The following year, after his wife won a Government Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Art in London, the couple left India for England. Except for a short period in New York on a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, Chandra lived and worked in London until his death in 1991.

Chandra began his artistic career as a landscape painter, receiving critical acclaim for his nostalgic hill and mountainscapes even during his days as a student at Delhi Polytechnic. It was only in the late 1950s that his style underwent a significant shift when he added abstract organic forms and sexual motifs to his repertoire.

This canvas, a view of Pahalgam, Kashmir in the winter, is part of the artist's most formative body of work. In the summer of 1951, Chandra visited Kashmir, where he created a great volume of artwork, mostly landscapes in watercolor and a few oil paintings. Writing about Chandra's work from the period, the noted critic Charles Fabri observed, "the young painters show promise and some of them achievement. The most outstanding among them are Mr. Avinash Chandra and Mr. Bishamber Khanna. Mr. Chandra, whose ink-and-wash landscapes are attractive and above the average, shows a sensitive eye and an able hand; his oils show novel experiments" (C. Fabri, The Statesman, 7 October 1951).

Chandra achieved a number of firsts in his career spanning four decades. He received an award at the first National Exhibition of Art held by Lalit Kala Akademi in the year 1955, was the first Indian artist to be represented at Tate Gallery, London, and the first Indian artist to participate in Documenta, Kassel.

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