Arbre, Bindu, Cinq Elements

by S.H. Raza
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Medium: Lithograph on Acid-Free Paper
Size: 22 x 43 inches
Edition: Limited Edition of 150
Year: 2008


Cinq elements means the five fundamental elements of life - earth, water, fire, air and sky. The colours representing these, make up S.H. Raza's color palette (black, red, blue, yellow and white).

The black bindu placed in the centre of this work represents the concentration of all the energy and creation, and the four coloured areas surrounding the bindu, represent these elements of nature, with their equal divisions representing the balance in nature. The left panel houses all the female elements of nature (or the Prakriti), such as an inverted triangle, representing germination and budding of life. The two Bindus in red and black, placed on top of the inverted triangle is symbolic of the polarity in nature, the male and female entities, coming together for creation of life. In the right panel, the artist alludes to the male aspect of nature (or the Purusha) using a variation of the Bindu, an elongated oval, housing five coloured bindus.  All these colored Bindus represent five fundamentals of life and their individual representations in forms of Bindus, symbolize that they are balanced individual entities. 

This Limited Edition Lithograph is printed on acid-free paper. The lithograph was published in an edition size of 150. This item will be shipped unframed, in a roll. The print is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

  • ABOUT S.H. Raza

    Sayed Haider Raza, or S.H. Raza is one of India’s most celebrated artists. Born on 22 February, 1922 in Madhya Pradesh, Raza was instrumental in creating a distinct modernist identity for Indian art alongside other acclaimed masters such as M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza, and Akbar Padamsee, who were all part of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG).

    For his invaluable contribution to Indian art, S.H. Raza has been awarded the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. Raza was also awarded with the highest French civilian honour, the ‘Legion of Honour’, in July 2015.

    S.H. Raza became one of India's priciest modern artists when his seminal work, Saurashtra, was sold for Rs. 16.42 crore ($3.48 million) at a Christie’s auction in June 2010. His works are mainly abstracts in oil or acrylic, with a very rich use of colour, replete with icons from Indian cosmology as well as its philosophy.

    Raza studied painting at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1950 to 1953, and continued living in France for many years with his wife, the French artist Janine Mongillat. After she passed away in 2002, he moved to New Delhi, India, where he continued to paint for several hours a day even when he was in his 90s, until he passed away on 23 July, 2016.

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