Art auction: 12 prized FN Souza paintings set to go up for bids at Christies
Holding a record of the highest bid in the past, the spectacular artistic works of the late master modernist FN Souza are set to get auctioned next month in New York at the Christies Art Auction, on September 12, 2018.
True to the genre of Art Brut and Neo-Romanticism, the twelve historical art pieces of Souza placed in the South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art at Christies Auction House will leave art enthusiasts mesmerised.
One might have never seen such fine art of Winter Landscape (1956) depicting the North London home of Souza in the 1950s and ’60s. The exquisite pair of jealous lovers and portraits titled under Pieta, Minnesota, Jesting Pilate, Family, Untitled (Head of Christ), Nude in Front of Mirror, Untitled (Head) will revive the moment avant-garde art.
In 2008, his painting "Birth" (1955) set a world auction record for the most expensive Indian painting sold till then by selling for US$2.5 million (INR 11.3 crore) at a Christie's auction. In 2015, the painting "Birth" was resold at Christie's in New York, fetching more than US$4 million.
Currently, ten exclusive paintings of FN Souza are available for sale on the website of FN Souza International Fine Arts Foundation and Family Trust. Also, two glorious paintings of FN Souza will be available for public auction from August 31 – September 8, 2018 on the USA-based Aspire auction.
Born in to an aristocratic Roman Catholic family in Goa, Francis Newton Souza married Francis Patrick Souza’s mother Barbara Maureen Zinkant in 1965 in London; soon after they relocated to New York City in 1967. The Souza lineage can be traced to the Portuguese royal family.
Their roots are linked to Martim Affonso De Souza, the 12th Governor of Goa, appointed by Dom Joao the 3rd of Portugal, to rule Goa from 1542 to 1545. The Souza family own properties and mansions in many parts of Goa and are respected members of society that serve as judges, advocates, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and educationists.
Today, the De Souza’s have settled over the length and breadth of the globe including Mumbai, Goa, Europe, Africa, America and Australia. On his frequent visits to Goa from the UK and New York Souza created thousands of works of art including, ‘Women and Phoenix’ (1950); ‘Nude in Profile’ (1952); ‘Indian Women’ (1954); Untitled ‘Head of Man’ (1957 & 1960), ‘The Roman’ (1966) and many more on canvas and cloth.