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Syed Haider Raza (B. 1922)
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Syed Haider Raza (B. 1922)

Bindu

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Syed Haider Raza (B. 1922)
Bindu
signed, dated, titled and inscribed 'RAZA 1985 "BINDU" 152 x 152 cms Acrylique sur toile' (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
59 7/8 x 59 7/8in. (152 x 152cm.)
Painted in 1985
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist's studio by the present owner.

Lot Essay

Painted in 1985, this version of the Bindu is one of the larger early renditions of this concept. According to art historian, Michel Imbert, Raza's use of color symbolizes the elements of Indian tradition and became his 'universe' for they are the basis of all colors registered by the human eye. Because black contains all other colors, Raza notes, "It is the inspiration of the black Bindu that lights up the colors, as if the light were springing from the darkness." (M. Imbert, Raza: An Introduction to his Painting, New Delhi, 2003, p. 54.)

The circle becomes less of a graphical component and more of a central point representing concentrated energy. This circle or bindu manifests itself in various forms throughout Raza's more recent work and is variously interpreted as zero, drop, or seed. In India, the bindu is seen as the point or genesis of creation as well as a focal point for meditation. Formally, it becomes the principle around which Raza structures his canvases with this compositional construct having age-old precedents in meditative aids such as yantras and mandalas.

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