One of the most important South Asian modernist painters, Francis Newton Souza was an artist for whom art was a sacred rite, surrendering himself and his talent to a ceaseless search for being. Souza’s artistic trajectory was varied in subject matter; from nudes to landscapes and still life paintings, the resolute and almost heavy-handed black outlines and aggressively distorted forms have become distinctive of his stylistic choices. Reflecting the visual language of his cubist antecedents in Europe, his work appears flat yet dynamic. In celebration of the upcoming online sale A Lyrical Line: Paintings & Drawings by Francis Newton Souza, let’s explore the fascinating world of Francis N. Souza including some of the most memorable works sold at Sotheby’s.
A Lyrical Line: Paintings & Drawings by Francis Newton Souza