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Oil on canvas

1964

18 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (47 x 70 cm.)


Signed and dated 'Souza 64' upper left




Souza moved to London shortly after India's Independence. During these early years, Souza's repertoire was varied; encompassing bold figurative works, quietly religious still life compositions and striking female nudes. A particular focus during these London years were his carefully structured landscapes. He drew his inspiration from his surroundings, specifically the leafy London suburb of Hampstead where he resided. His work from the mid-1950s was ordered and literal where 'he follows on the whole a rather commonplace convention popularised by Bernard Buffet: a severe linear structure built up of a multitude of right-angle lines, the bare trees in the landscape providing the lyrical touch.' (Geeta Kapur, Contemporary Indian Artists, New Delhi, 1979, p.30)


In the 1960s, there is a drastic shift in Souza's landscapes. His depiction of the architecture around North London changes dramatically. The town houses become structurally unviable, with uprooted trees often distorted to the point of destruction. 'Souza's landscapes seem to be driven by a cataclysmic force, which wreaks havoc. Most of these cityscapes following, at first, a simple rectilinear structure, which later, in the 1960s, gives way to an apocalyptic vision.' (Yashodhara Dalmia, The Making of Modern Indian Art: The Progressives, New Delhi, 2001, p. 93)


The current painting is classic example of this period. 'The buildings begin to sway and tumble and lean against each other in frantic postures. These cityscapes, produced in frequent succession, remind one little of Van Gogh who put his landscapes awhirl with his spiritual passions, and of Soutine, a painter Souza has always immensely admired. Souza's landscapes follow the logic of these two artists except that the passion is negative, and the source is very likely war.' (Geeta Kapur, Contemporary Indian Artists, New Delhi, 1979, p. 30)



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FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA (1924 - 2002)

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