Francis Newton Souza, one of India’s most distinguished and admired artist whose style was bold and made real statements, that were eye-catching and visually arresting. He was known for Expressionistic paintings depicting people and landscapes. Every magical touch by Francis Newton Souza collapses the distance between observers of the work of art today and the former world that the artist inhabited half an era ago. Three of his best works are offered in the online auction at John Moran Auction (Monrovia, CA, US) on June 9, 2020, accessible for everyone to bid.
The three Souza masterpieces to be displayed at the auction are from the exclusive series of Souza 1965, Acrylic on canvas like ‘Lamani Woman’, ‘Portrait of Martim Afonso’ and ‘Vision of Multiple Heads’. All the pieces hold great value for F N Souza and his family, as it represents Souza’s affinity for the catholic faith and for Goan and Portuguese culture and history. All the pieces placed for the sale comes with a specific authenticity certificate which was signed and is notarized by FN Souza during his last family vacations in Goa and Karwar, just a year before his passing. The paintings are also authenticated by F N Souza’s second and final wife, Ms Barbara Maureen Souza Nee Zinkant.
A founder of Mumbai’s highly influential Progressive Artists’ Group, he moved to London in the late 40s where his talent was quickly recognized. His big break as an artist came in the year 1955 when his ‘Nirvana of a Maggot’ got published in the Encounter magazine, which was owned by Stephen Spender. This was a perfect platform for Souza to start his painting career in London. In 1959, one of his books ‘Words and Lines’ was published and it received literary recognition. In 1967, he migrated to New York where he received the prestigious Guggenheim International Award in recognition of his timeless and priceless contribution to the art society. Souza possessed a taste like no other when it came to his artwork.
The FNSouza International Fine Art Foundation and Family Trust Inc. who has released these portraits for public and private auction, the abstract portraits of ‘Townscape in Croatia’, ‘Portrait of Jerome and Marcel’ and ‘Three Men In A Drunken Haze’ holds great value for F N Souza and his family, as it represents Souza’s affinity for the catholic faith and for Goan and Portuguese culture and history.
Witness the magic of a great artist ahead of his era at the John Moran Auction (Monrovia, CA, US) from June 9, 2020 – 10 am PST.
Where: John Moran
Date: June 9, 2020 – 10 am PST