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The ‘Bindu’ is master artist S.H. Raza’s most iconic symbol, one that featured in many of his artworks, made during the last 3 decades of his life.
Back in the 1970’s, while Raza was still living in France, he travelled frequently to India, and visited the Ajanta-Ellora caves, Banaras, and places in Gujarat and Rajasthan. His visits to these cities sparked his interest in Indian culture; he wanted to play a greater role in bringing it to the world. And that’s when the ‘Bindu’ was created, marking Raza’s rebirth as a painter.
The Bindu was first seen in Raza’s works in 1980, and depicted the painter’s new found vision and interest in Indian ethnography. He perceived the Bindu as the centre of all creation and existence, stating that “Bindu is a source of energy, source of life. Life begins here, attains infinity here”.
After the introduction of the Bindu, Raza added newer dimensions to his thematic oeuvre in the following decades, focusing on many different metaphysical ideas.
The Bindu has figured in many of Raza's works as the black sun, but in this particular work, it takes centre stage.
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.
|Size:||33 x 64 inches|
|Edition:||Edition of 20|
|Provenance:||From the Artist|
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