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FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA
A 20th Century abstract drawing of a nude by Indian artist F. N. Souza

1952

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Francis Newton Souza (Indian, 1924 – 2002) Odalisque Pen on paper 15.3/4 x 9.7/8 in. (40 x 25 cm.) Provenance: The artist’s wife Maria, Nee Figueiredo, gifted to her nephew We have 5 other similar examples by this artist all of the same size. Please go to Ottocento's storefront on 1st dibs for further information. These examples were saved from being burnt on a bonfire by the artist’s nephew. Maria, Souza’ wife was sick and tired of Souza’s affairs and was burning many of his studies in the garden when her nephew intervened. These studies are from those. Others saved at the same time were executed in 1952 and is highly likely that these are from the same period. Layered, dynamic, brutally humanistic, the paintings of Francis Newton Souza reveal an artist who never stopped experimenting throughout his six-decade career, perpetually seeking new modes and languages of painterly expression. A founder of the inestimably important Progressive Artists’ Group in Mumbai, he wrote the group’s manifesto and was a crucial intellect in the group’s formation and articulation—as, indeed, he was for Modern Indian art on the whole. He holds an unshakable place among India’s most important and influential Modern painters. Despite the vast sweep of painting styles encompassed by his oeuvre, Souza’s work is unified by an overt sensuality, sometimes violent, sometimes sexual, but devoted above all to the human body as a wild, fragile, noble and corruptible object. He is hardly the first Catholic-raised artist to fixate on the body. Nudes, sex and violence dominate even his most abstract work, but he rejected the notion he was too aggressive toward his subjects, particularly the women. “No artist goes knocking down things,” he said, “he is interested in one thing, and that is aesthetics, the science of beauty. And my whole life has been the quest for beauty. Beauty is the final nuance of nature. I am searching for that beauty. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, but in the cultivated eye.” Born in Saligao, in Goa, India, in 1924, Souza studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai, but was expelled for his participation in the Quit India Movement. In 1949, he left for London where he supported himself doing occasional journalism, writing articles for magazines like Studio International and ArtNews and Review. He rocketed to international fame in the 1950s following a 1955 solo show at London’s Gallery One, in which all of his paintings were sold. The next decade saw a bevy of solo shows, a 1962 monograph, an Italian government-sponsored stint in Italy, and acquisitions by London’s Tate Gallery. Backed by the patronage of Eugene Schuster, of the London Arts Group gallery, in Detroit, Souza migrated to New York in 1967, where he received the Guggenheim International Award. Success waxed and waned in the years that followed, though his reputation was ultimately cemented. Throughout his life, his work appeared in the world’s major art spaces, including the Halles de L’lle in Geneva, the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., Bose Pacia in New York, the Royal Academy of Arts in London and many others in Paris, London, Dubai and New Delhi. He died on a visit to his native country, in Mumbai, and was buried there in 2002. Since his death, his work has appeared in dozens upon dozens of exhibitions around the world.

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  • Artist
    Francis Newton Souza (1924 - 2002)
  • Creation Year
    1952
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Slight dirt to edges, faint crease through the middle. Recently restored and laid on acid free paper in a pop frame with white mount behind glass. In a silvered frame with terracotta slip edge
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 15.75 in. x W 9.88 in. x D 1 in.H 40.01 cm x W 25.1 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Petworth, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU54034662642
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