Knife Grinder

Haren Das

Knife Grinder




8.2 x 6.5 in. / 20.8 x 16.5 cm.


Colour woodcut on paper

Primarily a printmaker, Haren Das evokes a sense of nostalgia and romanticism in Knife Grinder. With a keen sense of observation, he portrays seemingly-insignificant commonplace moments—a woman getting her knife sharpened by a local peddler of odd goods—and gives them a haunting quality. Given how many of these local jobs have vanished, Das’s work gains historical significance in documenting an India that was idyllic but now lost forever. Nurturing a nostalgic vision as a printmaker, Das’s contribution in perfecting this medium remains unparalleled.

published references

Sengupta, Paula, The Printed Picture: Four Centuries of Indian Printmaking, Volume II (New Delhi: DAG, 2012), p. 120

Knife Grinder
Knife Grinder
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