PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTOR
Oil on board
12 7/8 x 28 1/8 in. (32.7 x 71.5 cm.)
Signed and dated 'Souza 64' upper left
'When I begin to paint I am wrapped in myself, rapt; unaware of chromium cars and decollete debutantes, wrapped like foetus in the womb, only aware that each painting for me is either a milestone or a tombstone. But a foetus in the womb is a thing created. When I stop painting I think of cars and girls. Or I whistle the Largo and Rock Around the Clock... When I press a tube, I coil. Every brush stroke makes me recoil like a snake struck with a stick. I hate the smell of paint. Painting for me is not beautiful. It is as ugly as a reptile. I attack it. It coils and recoils making fascinating patterns. I am not, however, interested in patterns. Otherwise I'd spend my days watching clouds or women's fabrics.' (F.N. Souza, 'A Fragment of Autobiography', Words and Lines, New Delhi, 1959, pp. 10-11)
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The colours of the original are slightly richer than the catalogue illustration. Minor chip on the lower right corner, not visible in the catalogue illustration. Overall good condition.
About The Artist:
FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA (1924 - 2002)