Francis Newton Souza's oeuvre was immense - however, the current fixation appears to be over his 1955 era heads (portraits) and his landscapes. Nudes which are an important part of his oeuvre are mostly undervalued and not given their due.
In Western art - some common traditions and studies include nudes, landscapes, and portraits.
Peter Paul Rubens
In the recent past, the skull has become important again; e.g. Damien Hirst. His work consisted of original teeth within the skull. It was offered by the White Cube for £50 million (the highest asked for the
Art need not be stereotypically pretty and indeed a lot of western art is quite "dark"
An artist needs to have his own style, his very own unique version in one or more of the above traditions to make a mark as
So what does an in-your-face Souza nude look
While the above work is corporate friendly (can be hung up in office walls) and is a really nice Souza head, as a collector one should not ignore the nudes as they portray more of
Just recently a beautiful nude (probably of Barbara Zincat - his companion with whom he left for the US - and therefore very important), published in Mullins, sold for a pittance - why? Because as per a dealer in Delhi "nudes don't sell"!
I did hear that it was bought by a Souza specialist and one of the smartest (and oldest)
If such knowledgeable art aficionados and experts in Souza are buying these nudes - then it is only a matter of time that they are given an appropriate and deserving valuation.
Disclaimer: I do own a few Souza's but none of the