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In this artwork, S.H. Raza recalls seventeenth century miniatures from the Malwa and Mewar regions in Rajasthan, whose colours and structures deeply influenced his work.
The color and construction of this piece also shows the transition between Raza’s gestural phase and the emergence of the bindu in his work. Expressionist strokes feature in the lower panel of the canvas in yellow, red and sienna, highlighted by patches of green representing vegetation. The upper two quadrants have a controlled network of intersecting triangles and horizontal bands of colours. The bindu and the colours adjacent to it, convey the five fundamental elements of life – earth, water, fire, sky and air. The frame that encases these panels is reminiscent of traditional miniature painting, while also being indicative of Raza’s shifts towards depicting geometric symbology in his art.
This Limited Edition Serigraph is printed in 29 colors on archival paper. The serigraph was published in an edition size of 100. This item will be shipped unframed, in a roll. The paper size is 60 x 60 inch, image size is 54 x 54 inch. The print is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Limited Edition Prints are a series of identical prints of an artwork, commissioned by the artist. Restricted to a one-time printing of a certain number of pieces, each print is numbered and signed by the artist, establishing its’ authenticity.
Because the number of prints is limited, signed prints of acclaimed artists hold value, and can be investment-worthy, just like original works of art. Christie’s and Sotheby’s – the world’s two most renowned auction houses – hold auctions exclusively for prints. A Pablo Picasso print sold for US$1.7 million in 2010!
There are different techniques in printmaking, including offset printing, digital printing, lithography and serigraphy. Serigraphy, or silk screen printing is considered one of the most sophisticated techniques. In this process, thick, opaque colours are passed through the screen, creating prints with vibrant colours and beautiful textures, that make the artwork look just like a painting.
Works by any artist are limited, and prints are a fantastic way for acclaimed artists, to make their art available to a larger number of people. This makes limited edition prints popular amongst new art buyers as well as seasoned art collectors.
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 ₹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.
|Medium:||Serigraph (Silk Screen on Paper)|
|Size:||60 x 60 inches|
|Provenance:||Signed by the artist|
|Color:||Printed in 29 colors|
|Edition:||Edition of 100|
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