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Mary Krishna, ARCA (London) (1909-1968) was a well known English born artist whose work from the 1930s on was strongly influenced by Indian art.  Mary Oldfield as she was studied art at the Royal College of Art in London in the late 1920s. We think that it was during her time there that she met the Indian born artist Roop Krishna, who had studied previously at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Mary and Roop were followers of Abanindranath Tagore and in the 1930s they settled at Lahore in the Punjab, in what was pre-partition India but now in Pakistan. A group of other like minded artists were also based around the Lahore School of Fine Arts and the Krishnas introduced Western artistic influences coupled with Indian techniques and Indian related subjects to their art. Mary Krishna worked mainly in pastel and also in oil and watercolour. Her subject matter often depicted animals such as horses and bulls, and also dancing figures (both Indian dancers and Western ballerinas). She exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1955 to 1967. We think the Krishnas returned to Britain at the time of the partition of India and Pakistan as they were both living in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 1947, and continued to do so for some years. Mary adopted the first name Indumati presumably following her marriage. Roop Krishna died in west London shortly after his wife in 1968, aged 67.

 

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