Project DescriptionDescription: Watercolour on gouache on paper, 26.8 x 17.2 cm. Signed and dated lower left 'S.H. RAZA 45'
Catalogue note: Syed Haider Raza was considered one of the most prominent Indian painters of his generation. In his innovative abstract works, Raza often used concentric circles and geometric patterns which referenced the Tantric ideologies of Hinduism and Buddhism, while his representational paintings often depicted landscapes and urban scenes both in France and India. A co-founder of the Bombay Progressive Artists' Group (PAG), along with Krishna Hawlaji Ara and Francis Newton Souza, Raza sought to turn away from the influences of European Realism and embrace Antar gyan, a uniquely Indian vision. He studied at the Nagpur School of Art and the Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay before moving to Paris to study at the École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts from 1950 to 1953. Today, Raza’s works are in the collections of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the National Gallery of Art in New Delhi. The artist died in 2016, India.
Provenance: Acquired from Christie’s, Sale 15503, Lot 55, Invoice no. DB18009143. Private collection, UK
Catalogue no.: 2018P0077-SHR