Oil on canvas
21 ½ x 14 ⅞ in. (54.5 x 37.8 cm.)
Signed and dated 'RAZA '58' lower right and further inscribed 'RAZA "CORSE" / 10 P / P no 154 - 58' on a label on reverse
Originally purchased from Galerie Dresdnere, Montreal in October 1958.
A. Macklin ed., S.H. Raza Catalogue Raissone 1958-1971 (Volume 1), New Delhi, 2016, p. 15, P154, illustrated.
Corse is Raza’s homage to the small but beautiful French island of Corsica. Painted with the vibrant brushstrokes and rich palette that characterised his landscapes of this period, he has captured several of the island’s defining elements including the rugged mountains, the deep valleys, and the typical stone and brick houses that dot the entire landscape. Moving away from the more structured, formal landscapes of the early 1950s, it is around this period that Raza begins to fully discover and exploit the possibilities that colour, and oil paint in particular, offered. It would be a matter of a few years before he completely abandons the representational elements of the landscape in favour of a purely painterly experience where colour and expressionism dominate.
Describing the dense, rich landscapes of this period, Richard Bartholomew states, ‘Colour is the legend to each of these landscapes, because in each painting the flesh and form of colour are organic to the skeletal structure, we see the anatomy but not the division of the drawing. Therefore, there is no seductive line to give you the sense of the thing. Trees, houses, roads, streams, the undulations of the land, the falling shadows, the perpendicularity, the levelness, the foreground, and the horizon all shift and throb with the life of colour, and the scene is not static. There is hardly a patch of colour that is passive… What Raza really shows us of a landscape is what we would remember of it.’ (Richard Bartholomew, ‘Paintings by S.H. Raza’, Thought, May 16, 1959, reproduced in Richard Bartholomew, The Art Critic, New Delhi, 2012, p. 339)
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About The Artist:
SYED HAIDER RAZA (1922 - 2016)