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PROPERTY OF A LADY

Sayed Haider Raza
UNTITLED (TOMATO)
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 15,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
30

PROPERTY OF A LADY

Sayed Haider Raza
UNTITLED (TOMATO)
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 15,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art

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Sayed Haider Raza
1922 - 2016
UNTITLED (TOMATO)
Signed and dated 'RAZA '88' lower left 
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 cm. (11 ¾ x 11 ¾ in.)
Painted in 1988
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Provenance

Acquired from Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay, circa 1990s

Catalogue Note

This rare and jewel-like rendering of a tomato was painted in 1988, during a period when Sayed Haider Raza was focusing on the bindu and its symbolism. By then, Raza's work had started to transform dramatically as he moved away from landscapes towards more orderly geometric compositions in the 1990s. This cross section of a tomato is an exceptional and atypical example from this period.

The composition is reminiscent of Raza’s earlier meditations on the bindu, devoid of the multitude of geometric shapes which pervaded his later canvases. Like his bindus, the tomato is 'a focal point of concentration', and provokes energy, life and light (G. Sen, Bindu, Space and Time in Raza’s Vision, Media TransAsia, New Delhi, 1997, p. 126).

Colour has always been a dominant component of Raza’s oeuvre. The bright and elemental hues of red, yellow and white comprise fire, earth and the sun, exemplifying Raza's concern with nature and the cosmos. These references became a distinctive feature of his later paintings.

In this fresh and compact work, a succulent red sphere becomes both the seed of life and the void.

 

Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art

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London