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Francis Newton Souza (Indian, 1924–2002)
LOT ID: 72945
Untitled (Woman and Child), 1975

Ink, on paper
10 х 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, and dated in ink on the front of the drawing.
Lot description
Untitled (Woman and Child) (1975) is one of the most celebratory and sensual of the figurative ink works on paper by famed Indian Postmodern artist F.N. Souza. Note: unframed dimensions are 10 x 8 in (25.4 x 20.3) and this work is custom framed with archival materials including a black matte board and black frame to larger dimensions and is in excellent condition. This work was published and illustrated in: "Volte Face: Souza's Iconoclastic Vision". Author: Vinod Bhardwaj.

Born in the Portuguese colony of Goa, Francis Newton Souza’s (1924-2002) expressionistic style and provocative work frequently draws upon personal life experiences in order to explore the dichotomy between adversity and perseverance. The confluence of his family’s Roman Catholic religion, along with the provocative Indian Art that surrounded his upbringing, produced stark juxtapositions which disquiet the viewer while alluring to their visual sensations. Often exploring the destructive qualities found in societies, Souza exposed hypocrisies and corruption alike to provide confrontational viewpoints through his art. As a founding member of the Progressive Artists’ Group of Bombay, Souza was the first post-independence Indian artist to achieve recognition in the Western world. In 1949 Souza made London his primary residence until 1967 when he made his way to New York to live and work until his death in 2002.
Untitled (Woman and Child) by Francis Newton Souza
  • Untitled (Woman and Child) by Francis Newton Souza
  • Untitled (Woman and Child) by Francis Newton Souza
  • Untitled (Woman and Child) by Francis Newton Souza
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