Acquired from the above by a private collector, Europe
Saffronart, 20 June 2013, lot 36
This monumental head displays the distinctive facial features seen on a number of other Souza portraits from the period. 'Around 1955 he fashioned for his purpose a distinctive type of head for which he perhaps best known. It is a face without forehead, bearded and pockmarked, eyes bulging from the side of the skull... a mouth full of multiple sets of teeth.' (G. Kapur, “Devil in the Flesh”, Contemporary Indian Artists, Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 1978, p.2)
'Figurative art presents no problems for Souza because he has succeeded in creating images which are entirely personal, yet recognisable at the same time. They are often distored to the point of destruction... grotesque faces with eyes anywhere and in any number... but they never threaten to dissolve into formalised abstract shapes. The violence and speed with which they are executed keep these images, however distorted, in touch with the artist's vision of what they really are.' (E. Mullins, 1962, p.37).
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