Sayed Haider Raza
- Sayed Haider Raza
- Untitled (Princess Street, Bombay)
- Signed and dated 'S. H. Raza / 45' lower right
- Watercolour on paper laid on cardboard
- 31 x 35.6 cm. (12 ⅛ x 14 in.)
- Painted in 1945
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These watercolors are archetypal examples of some of Sayed Haider Raza’s earliest works and provide a rare glimpse into the beginnings of his artistic practice. In the mid-1940s, Raza moved from Nagpur to Bombay, where he studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art and painted mostly in watercolours and gouaches, the preferred medium of art schools at the time. His subjects were landscapes and street scenes captured in a variety of moods, defined by a shifting interplay of light and colour.
Raza has recalled that this time was a 'sort of awakening, a realization of the real values involved in painting…in Bombay I realized that a painter should know his language as a writer should know the vocabulary…a painter should know what color is; he should know the organization of colors, their values, and how to render a theme on paper, or on canvas.' (A. Vajpeyi, Passion: Life and Art of Raza, Rajkamal Books, New Delhi, 2005, p. 41) During this time, with the support of western expatriates such as Rudy von Leyden and Walter Langhammer, Raza discovered and developed the principal artistic stimuli that echo throughout his career, the land and the nature around him. These works were painted during his time in Bombay; while the application of loose, gestural brushwork, fluid shapes, and the play of light depict impressionistic overtures, the use of vibrant colors evoking vivid reactions exhibit his leanings towards expressionism.
Lot 3 is most likely a view of Princess Street, Bombay and Lot 4 is probably a view of Kalbadevi, Bombay.