• South Asian Modern+Contemporar auction at Christies

    Sale 2194

    South Asian Modern+Contemporary Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 589

    SYED HAIDER RAZA (B. 1922)

    L'Arbre du Mal

    Price Realised  

    SYED HAIDER RAZA (B. 1922)
    L'Arbre du Mal
    signed and dated 'RAZA 61' (lower right); signed, inscribed, titled and dated 'RAZA P - 329 61 L'arbre du mal' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    28¾ x 36¼ in. (73 x 92 cm.)
    Painted in 1961


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    During the 1960s, Raza's style painting style shifted from an impressionistic brushstroke to a more fluid expressionism following his visiting professorship at the University of California, Berkeley. The defined depictions of the French and Indian countryside became more fractured and abstracted as Raza experimented with a new mood-evoking style and palette. L'Arbre du Mal, while not entirely representational, maintains strong Indian connotations in its palette with a composition influenced by the Rajasthani miniatures in the artist's personal collection. The highly textured work evokes the lush forests and landscapes surrounding Raza's boyhood villages in Madhya Pradesh.

    Provenance

    Maison de la Culture, Grenoble
    Private Collection


    Literature

    Raza: A Retrospective, exhibition catalogue, Saffronart, New York, 2007, pp. 48-49 (illustrated)
    The Moderns Revisited, exhibition catalogue, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, 2006, p. 25 (illustrated)


    Exhibited

    New York, Saffronart, Raza: A Retrospective, September 2007
    London, Grosvenor Vadehra, The Moderns Revisited, October - November 2006