Sayed Haider Raza

SAYED HAIDER RAZA "TREE" LITHOGRAPH, c.2010s

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Sayed Haider Raza (1922‚Äď2016) was a pioneering Indian modernist painter.

A co-founder of the Bombay Progressive Artists' Group, Raza and his contemporaries sought a new beginning for India following the end of British rule in 1947. Together they rejected the prodominent influence of European realism and instead turned to a uniquely Indian inner vision ('antar gyan' in Hindi) while embracing elements of modern art.

Raza's unique synthesis of inspiration is the foundation of his oeuvre, which is marked by expressive use of soulful colours, rich symbolism, and dynamtic compositions that trandesend the surface of his works.

Starting in the 1970s, Raza deepened his connection to his Indian roots by introducing his iconic "Bindu" series. Pulling from Indian philosophy, the "Bindu," signified by a a solid circle, represents the point of all creation and stands as the defining motif for this period of 're-birth', as defined by the artist. 

The "Tree" series stands as a defining body of work from the final chapter of Raza's career, showcasing his remarkable ability to synthesize elements of nature using abstract and geometric forms.

In this rich composition, Raza's "Bindu" adorns the center of the work, overlooking an expanse of bold lines and geometric shapes that demonstrate the strength and vitality of the tree. Raza's distinctive and stylized perspective, coupled with his philosophical influences, calls into question the innate connection between nature and the spiritual realm.

In 2023, Raza's work was the subject of a major retrospective at Centre Pompidou, Paris. Today, Raza's work is represented in prestigious collections globally, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, and the National Museum of the American Indian (Washington).

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"Tree"

c.2010s

Lithograph 

Signed and numbered by the artist

From an edition of 150

43"H 22"W (work)

Very good condition. 

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