Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 USD


Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 USD

Lot Details



1925 - 2018


Mixed color intaglio on paper. Editioned in French lower left and signed 'N. Krishna Reddy' lower right

Artist's Proof from an edition of 100 + 10 APs 

Image: 14 ⅝ x 18 ¾ in. (37.1 x 47.7 cm.) Folio: 19 ½ x 26 in. (49.5 x 66 cm.)

This work is in a temporary frame.

Condition Report

There is minor wear and creasing along the edges. Undulation in the work is consistent with the medium. This work is in very good condition, as viewed. It is in a temporary frame.

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Galerie van de Loo, Munich

Acquired from the above circa 2016


New York, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Krishna Reddy: A Retrospective, 5 November 1981 - 28 February 1982 (another from the edition)


R. Sengupta, Krishna's Cosmos : The Creativity of an Artist, Sculptor & Teacher, Grantha Corporation 2003, illustration p. 58 (another from the edition)

Exhibition Catalogue: Krishna Reddy, A Retrospective, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, 1981-82, frontispiece (another from the edition)

R. Bartolomew, Contemporary Indian Art Series: Krishna Reddy, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1974, illustration pl. 3 (another from the edition)

Catalogue Note

Krishna Reddy first trained to be a mathematician and scientist. He then went on to study art at Santiniketan, which is where he learned to make black and white etchings. After a sojourn at the Slade School of Fine Arts and a foray into sculpture in Milan with Ossip Zadkine and Marino Marini, he returned to printmaking and pioneered a new printing technique. He layered color on a printing plate simultaneously, so that they could be superimposed, yet their different viscosities would naturally cause them to separate, achieving a spectacular effect and eliminating the need to apply one color to the plate at a time.

Speaking of this work, Krishna Reddy has articulated "I was inspired by Beethoven's "Pastorale" to work this plate. The power of the music exploded into an extraordinary space embedded with shapes. In the skeleton on interwoven structures, strange forms and shapes emerged which I tried to perfect by carving with scrapers and burins. the more I worked the more dynamic the landscape became." (K. Reddy, Catalogue Raisonne, Exhibition catalogue, Krishna Reddy: A Retrospective, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, 1981, p. 68) 

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