Lot#55 || F.N. Souza (1924 - 2002)
Pastel and marker on linen
Signed and Dated Verso
35.00 x 22.50 in
₹ 18,00,000 -
Francis Newton Souza was born in 1924 in Goa. He was expelled for participating in the Quit India Movement while studying at the Sir J. J. School of Art in Mumbai. He was one of the founding members of the Progressive Artists’ Group in 1947. Souza’s style created thought-provoking and powerful images. His childhood was immersed in nature and Konkani Catholic practice in Goa. He remained fascinated by the Church’s grandeur and tales of tortured saints narrated by his grandmother. This also sparked Souza’s obsession with painting heads throughout his artistic oeuvre; portraying religious figures in a grotesque fashion. He continued to paint various heads in the 1950s and 1960s in line with his gamut of figurative art.