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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 5

    SYED HAIDER RAZA (b. 1922)

    Eglise Ossy-la Ville la Nuit

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    SYED HAIDER RAZA (b. 1922)
    Eglise Ossy-la Ville la Nuit
    signed 'Raza '58' (upper right)
    oil on canvas
    23 5/8 x 28¾ in. (26 x 73 cm.)

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    Enamored with the bucolic countryside of rural France, Eglise Ossy-la ville la Nuit is part of a series which captures the rolling terrain and quaint village architecture of the region. Showing a church set against a rich sunset sky, Raza uses gestural brushstrokes and a heavy impasto, stylistic devices which hint at his later 1970's abstractions. This late 50's work is significant in that it represents the turning point between two stages of Raza's artistic development. While the subject matter is still recognisable, the color and the application of paint become the key elements of the work.
    What results is "not an outward manifestation of reality as in his earliest works, or the imaginary landscapes in his early gouaches - but the 'real thing', through the substantial realm of colour. It is no longer nature as 'seen' or as 'constructed', but nature as experienced." (Geeti Sen, Bindu: Space and Time in Raza's Vision, New Delhi, 1997, p. 79.)


    Formerly in the collection of late Simon Dresdner of Toronto

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