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Bhupen Khakhar (1934 - 2003)

15,000 - 20,000 USD
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  • Bhupen Khakhar
  • Phoren Soap
  • Each page signed in Gujarati lower right
  • Book of 15 etchings
    Edition 16 of 50
  • 10 3/4 by 11 3/4 in. (27.2 by 29.7 cm)
  • Executed in the late 1990s


From the collection of Rini Dhumal, a Baroda based artist

Catalogue Note

Throughout his career Bhupen Khakhar was committed to the representation of the middle classes within their environments at times with earnest portrayals and at others depicting their follies. Khakhar attempted to reach the masses by creating reproducible prints, including this series of serigraphs, Phoren Soap, which was made for a story he published in a limited bilingual edition in 1997. Khakhar was also a well known writer and playwright in Gujarati. “Phoren Soap” humorously recounted the tale of a family’s use of a soap brought back from abroad that they attempt to conserve and imbue with magical qualities precisely because of its 'foreign-ness'. Khakhar wryly comments on objects from abroad being treated as particularly precious and in these stories, he channels the absurdity in a way not unlike famed Russian humorist, Nikolai Gogol. The center top image on the adjacent page illustrates a scene from the story.