Pencil on paper
18 3/4 x 13 1/4 in. (33.5 x 47.6 cm.); 18 3/8 x 13 in. (46.8 x 33 cm.) (2)
Stamped 'NAGPUR SCHOOL OF ART SOCIETY, NAGPUR' on reverse; signed 'S.H. RAZA' upper right and stamped 'NAGPUR SCHOOL OF ART SOCIETY, NAGPUR' on reverse
Acquired from the family of Professor Athwale, Nagpur School of Art
Before joining the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai in 1944, Raza studied at the Nagpur School of Art. The two sketches in the current lot include the Nagpur School of Art stamp on the reverse, which reveals that these are some of the very earliest examples of S. H. Razas work. Considering that the artist must have completed these academic figure studies whilst still studying at Nagpur, they reveal the line of a confident artist and skilled draughtsman. It is therefore not surprising that his teacher Professor Athwale recognised his talent early on and chose to keep these works. Razas relationship with his first professor of art obviously left a lasting impression on the young student, as he continued to exchange correspondence with him well into the 1960s when he had left India and moved to Europe. Later in his career, he donated funds to the Nagpur School of Art, as is revealed in the letters included here. (There are eleven of Razas letters included with the two sketches in the current lot.) The two drawings are dramatically different from the artists mature style, but show a precocious talent even at this early age.
About The Artist:
SYED HAIDER RAZA (1922 - 2016)