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Available at Live Auction:Taj Art Gallery, The Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder Mumbai
By invitation only

About the Artwork

1922 - 2016


Acrylic on cardboard
11 x 15 in
Signed: Lower centre
Provenance: Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Rs. 4,50,000 - 5,50,000


Sayed Haider Raza was a member of the Progressive Artists' Group, India's most well-known post-independence group of modern artists, whose other members included K. H. Ara, F. N. Souza, M. F. Husain and Tyeb Mehta. He was born in Madhya Pradesh and educated in Nagpur, Mumbai and France, the latter becoming his primary residence for many decades. Raza worked mostly in oil with great attention to colour and increasingly abstract compositions that drew on elements from Tantrism as well as the miniature painting tradition. This untitled work from 1978 was made at a crucial point in the artist’s career, when he returned from France to India for an extended period. Raza found new inspiration in his travels through his home country after which he embarked on a deep and sustained study of its cultures, scriptures and artistic traditions. During this phase of gestural abstraction, his colour palette is already inflected by these influences and he stands at the cusp of developing the signature ‘Bindu’ motif, which marks most of his canvases beginning in 1980.

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Sayed Haider Raza was born in Madhya Pradesh and studied at the Nagpur School of Art followed by Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai. He was a founding member of the Progressive Artists' Group. In 1950, he left for France on a French government scholarship to study painting at the Ecole national superieure Des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was later awarded the Prix de la Critique in 1956. He began with expressionist landscapes but later turned his focus to pure geometrical forms. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group shows including the International Biennales at Venice, Sao Paulo and Menton, and in the Triennale at New Delhi. He has been awarded the Padma Shri and Fellowship of the Lalit Kala Akademi, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan. The artist lived and worked in New Delhi until he passed away in 2016.