PROPERTY FROM AN EMINENT COLLECTOR
Acrylic on canvas
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (100 x 100 cm.)
Signed and dated 'RAZA '10' lower right and further signed, dated and inscribed 'RAZA / "BINDU, RADIATION", / 100 X 100 cms- / 2010 - / Acrylic sur toile.' on reverse
Sayed Haider Raza Recent Paintings, Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, 21 October - 4 December, 2010.
Sayed Haider Raza Recent Paintings, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, 2010, p. 10, illustrated.
From the 1980s onwards, the bindu becomes Raza's most compelling image that appears as the focal point of his canvas in multiple variations. Bindu, or the black point, represents the beginning of all creation, and the point at which everything will ultimately return: the seed, the sperm, the genesis of the universe. It remains 'suspended in a timeless zone as a magnetic force that controls the sacred order of the universe.' (Geeti Sen, Bindu: Space and Time in Raza's Vision, New Delhi, 1997, p. 142)
'The Kalatattva Kosa describes bindu as the point from which the material body of the universe is formed. Bindu is conceived as imbued with mystical power. When Raza was eight, he was taught at school to meditate on a small black circle that had been drawn on a white wall of the veranda. These simple exercises of concentration that channeled his youthful energy were to become the source of inspiration for his art some twenty years later when he moved to Paris.' (Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, India: Contemporary Art from Northeastern Private Collections, exhibition catalogue, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, 2002, p. 94)
As seen in the current work, the bindu, which starts off as a solid, dense, 'pure' black form, evolves into concentric circles that 'radiate' outward with the palpating energy that emanates from the central point. Since black contains all colours, Raza experiments with these circles in different colours as interpretations of the universe, and in these specific combinations and equilibriums, they come to represent the primary elements and other forms. According to the artist, 'it is the inspiration of the black Bindu that lights up the colours, as if the light were springing from the darkness.' (Michel Imbert, Raza: An Introduction to his Painting, New Delhi, 2003, p. 54)
As he expresses in a letter to his friend and fellow artist Krishen Khanna, 'But without false modesty, I must say that the dynamics of Energy, both in life and in painting, are not easy to explain or express -- neither in words nor in paint. This is the objective towards which I would like to concentrate all my energy. The outer aspect is of little interest. Indian painting will not be important if we paint Indian themes only ... Its significance lies in the concept, the vision and the vitality, and a personal assimilation of things perceived.' (Sayed Haider Raza, artist letter, 9 August 1987, Gorbio, printed in Ashok Vajpeyi ed., My Dear - Letters between Sayed Haider Raza and Krishen Khanna, New Delhi, 2013, p. 200)
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The colours of the original are slightly brighter, particularly in the two central concentric bands of blue which are considerably brighter and richer than the catalogue illustration, with greater tonal contrasts within the bands. Overall good condition.
About The Artist:
SAYED HAIDER RAZA (1922-2016)