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Lot 31
Francis Newton Souza | Untitled, 1983

Date of Birth: 1924 - 2002

Medium: (i-iii) Ink on paper (iv) Chemical alteration on paper

Size: (i-iii) 11 x 8.5 inches, 30 x 21.5 cms, (iv) 5 x 5 inches, 12.5 x 12.5 cms

Signed by: (i-ii) Signed and dated ‘Souza 83’ on top left, (iii) Signed and dated ‘Souza 1983’ on top right (iv) Signed ‘Souza’ on centre right

Provenance: Collection of a reputed art gallery, New Delhi. Acquired directly from the artist.

Estimate: ₹ 5,00,000 - ₹ 7,00,000


Year-(i-iii) 1983

Nudes constitute the main part of Souza’s work beginning right from his student days. His incomparable mastery of the female form made him distinctive among his contemporaries. He had grown into an obsessive and compulsive painter of the female nudes this phenomenon can now be interpreted in Freudian as well as Feminist analyses. It was observed that among the 20th century artists, painting of nudes and erotic imagery became an important weapon in the battle for modernism. The shock value of the work was an apt strategy to assert individuality and freedom, Souza had already projected his revolt by portraying the nude in stark frontal view