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 under-valued 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
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