• South Asian Modern + Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 2299

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 66

    FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA (1924-2002)

    Durgadevi

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA (1924-2002)
    Durgadevi
    signed and dated 'Souza 74' (center left); further signed, inscribed, titled and dated 'F. N. SOUZA DURGADEVI 1974 OIL ON CANVAS BOARD 25 X 30' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas laid on board
    29 3/8 x 24 5/8 in. (74.8 x 62.8 cm.)
    Painted in 1974


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    'Take delight in the welfare of others' The Bhagavad Gita sings. I want to delight my fellow men with swooning, swirling colour applied on canvas with the energy of pure Joy [...] colour is the staff of life, for man does not live on bread alone.
    (F. N. Souza, extract from diary: quoted in a letter to Liselotte Souza, 3 June 1971)
    Born in Catholic Goa, Durgadevi shows Souza exploring Hindu mythology in 1974, inspired by having read Bhagavad Gita.

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, LONDON