• South Asian Modern + Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 2299

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 62

    FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA (1924-2002)

    The Lake

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    FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA (1924-2002)
    The Lake
    signed and dated 'Souza 74' (upper left); signed, inscribed, titled and dated 'F. N. SOUZA THE LAKE - 1974 OIL ON CANVAS - BOARD 30" X 20"' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas laid on board
    19¾ x 29 5/8 in. (50.3 x 75.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1974


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    Referencing America, The Lake is a contemplative work that similarly reflects Souza's earlier sentiments with remarkable clarity:
    In the mornings I swam in a lake across the fields, quite near the house. The lake was luminous and flat, of an unbelievable blue descended as it were from the blues. It looked like a piece of sky fallen on earth and embedded there in a miraculous moment of sublime tranquillity, when earth and sky yearned to unite [...].
    (F. N. Souza, 'Nirvana of a Maggot', reprinted from Encounter, February 1955, in F. N. Souza: Words and Lines, second edition, New Delhi, 1997, p. 14)

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, LONDON