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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About The Artist:
FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA (1924 - 2002)