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From the 1960s to early 70s, when he was nearing fifty, S.H. Raza’s works were impregnated with a sense of double identity. Two distinct parts to this vertical work emphasize the demarcation of two divided spaces in his mind. In the upper half, against the vacuum of red space, are inscribed in devanagari script the beginnings of a poem in Hindi. The lower half of this work opens up another world, exploding into colours, worked in ochres, greens, blues and crimson red, with the treatment largely being gestural brushwork.
This Limited Edition Serigraph is printed in 24 colors on paper. This serigraph was published in an edition size of 100. This item will be shipped unframed, in a roll. The paper size is 40 x 30 inch, image size is 32 x 26 inch. The print is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Syed 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:||40 x 30 inches|
|Edition:||Edition of 100|
|Color:||Printed in 24 colors|
|Provenance:||Signed by the artist|
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