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Make a date with Francis Newton Souza

Posted by: Sonali Velinker Kamat on December 01, 2015

The late, great Francis Newton Souza can be credited as “one of the first Indian artists to be feted in the salons of Europe,” but he scores no points for humility. Could one argue that perhaps the greats have no use for modesty? “Now that Picasso is dead, I’m the greatest!” Souza apparently told one interviewer in 1987 — so you can see what we mean when we say humility wasn’t his strong suit.

An exhibition featuring 50 exquisite works on paper by the eminent artist at Mumbai’s Gallery 7 has us looking back at the master (and his quirks) with fondness. In collaboration with the Kanoria Centre for Arts (Ahmedabad), the exhibition will move from Mumbai to Ahmedabad — allowing connoisseurs and art aficionados the chance to view and purchase some fine works by the stellar artist. On view in Mumbai until January 11, 2016, the show’s Ahmedabad leg kicks off on January 22, and is currently scheduled to conclude there on February 7, 2016.

With his 1955 painting ‘Birth’ fetching more than USD 4 million at a Christie’s auction in 2015, F.N. Souza unquestionably makes the ‘must-own’ list for any serious collector. Now whether you agree with the deliberately eclectic master’s view of the world — that is a different matter entirely!


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