Bonhams to sell work by Francis Newton Souza ~ UK based Indian artist

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artwork: Francis Newton Souza - "Still Life with Fish and Bread". - Estimate: £100,000 to £150,000. - Photo: Bonhams.


LONDON.- One of India’s most talented and prolific artists of the 20th century, Francis Newton Souza, spent a significant part of his career working in the UK, living for a while in Hampstead. His paintings of the area are among some of his finest from that period. Having moved to London in 1949 Souza produced some of his best work in the capital in the late 1950s and early 1960s whilst represented by Victor Musgrave’s Gallery One in Mayfair. Souza’s work, influenced by his surroundings as much as his Christian upbringing in Goa, features a variety of subjects, including landscapes, portraits as well as works referencing Christian iconography. “Souza had a wonderfully sour colour sense and slashing line. His erotic pictures were to do with the mutual and equal pleasures of sex; they were not, in the contemporary sense, at all pornographic, but they were open and honest and clearly conceived by a believer in the joy available to lovers without inhibition or guilt.”