Francis Newton Souza
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 1961 (verso)
41.0 x 21.0
The white linen papal mitre, the regal robe , mantum, posture and other works of the same theme done in 1961 indicate this to be the Pope
Francis Newton Souza was born in 1924 in Saligao, Goa. Souza was expelled for participating in the Quit India Movement while studying at the Sir J J School of Art in Mumbai. In 1947, he founded the Progressive Artists' Group along with S H Raza, M F Husain, and K H Ara, among others. Souza's style created thought-provoking and powerful images. His repertoire of subjects covered still life, landscapes, nudes and icons of Christianity in a distorted form. In his drawings, he managed to capture fine detail in his forms. He also used a combination of cross-hatched strokes that made up the overall structure of his subject.