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FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA (1924 - 2002)
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FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA (1924 - 2002)

London at Night

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FRANCIS NEWTON SOUZA (1924 - 2002)
London at Night
Signed and dated 'Souza 57' lower left and inscribed 'F.N. SOUZA London at Night - 1957' on reverse
Oil on board
47¾ x 23¾ in. (121.3 x 60.3 cm.)
Provenance
Graham Gallery, New York.
Exhibited
New York, The American Federation of Arts, Trends in Contemporary Painting from India, March 1959 - March 1960.

Lot Essay

Souza arrived in London in 1949 and in his early years created a few works that captured the city skyline. These early cityscapes are linear and orderly and do not show the distortions characteristic of some later paintings.

Souza's use of colors suffuses the work with a wonderful light that resonates even in the darker areas. The painting resembles a medieval stained glass window with brilliant blues and blacks that glow as if lit from a hidden source. The small patch of red lights up the entire painting and is reflected in the window adjacent to it and in the triangular tip of the tower.

"The Landscapes, architectonic with their 'cubic factors' are ultimately lyrical. There's an unrestrained enthusiasm, a liberty in the application of color that is applied swiftly with a palette knife, creating smooth pulsating textures." (Anthony Ludwig, Souza, New Delhi, Dhoomi Mal Gallery.)
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