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F N Souza
Untitled (Landscape and Face)


The present lot juxtaposes two of Souza's favourite subjects, figure and cityscape. The structural duality is enhanced by the black and white sky in the two sections of the painting, with only hints of red tying both parts together.

The stark black sun offers a counter-point to the staring eyes of the boldly delineated, classically featured face. In later years, Souza wrote, "Black is the most mysterious of all colours. Renoir found...



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  Lot 43 of 138  

THE TIES THAT BIND: SOUTH ASIAN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
30 NOVEMBER-1 DECEMBER 2016

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F N Souza
Untitled (Landscape and Face)
Signed and dated 'Souza 59' (centre)
1959
Oil on board
29 x 37.5 in (73.5 x 95.5 cm)

PROVENANCE
Gallery One, London
Christie's, London, 17 October 2003, lot 508
Sotheby's, New York, 17 September 2009, lot 14
Private Collection, New Delhi
Private Collection, UK

PUBLISHED
Gayatri Sinha ed., Art and Visual Culture in India 1857-2007, Mumbai: Marg Publications, 2009, p. 4 (illustrated)

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


 









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