The Arts Trust is currently hosting an online exhibition of one of India’s most critically acclaimed modernists SH Raza (1922 – 2016). The exhibition, which went live on September 25 will be accessible until October 9, 2020. Titled Raza – Rendezvous, this extraordinary exhibition presents a compendium of the artist’s masterpieces spanning over six decades of his illustrious career from 1940 to 2000.
Featuring 100 paintings, the exhibition provides an overarching glimpse of Raza’s mastery from his early expressionist landscapes to his explorations with geometric forms in the ‘70s and his eventual progression into works centred around the motif of “Bindu”, which he believed served as the centre of the universe charged with energy. It helps viewers understand his evolution as an artist.
A Padma Bhushan awardee, Raza was deeply philosophical and his art was his offering to the gods, to humanity and to anyone who would ever get a chance to see his work, writes Vickram Sethi, Director of The Arts Trust in the exhibition’s e-catalogue. Raza once explained to Sethi that viewing a painting was like deep diving into your soul and searching for a meaning, which the eye could only see.
The exhibition consists of several of the artist’s most significant works drawn from important collections of patrons of Modern Indian Art from across the globe. This testifies the love for the artist and the immense demand that the artist’s work commands.
Here are some of the artworks that are part of the exhibition, which can be viewed here.
Calvaire Breton, Oil on canvas, 1956 by SH Raza, Lot 15
Lumière D’ete (Light Of Summer), Oil on Canvas, 1958 by SH Raza, Lot 23
La Provence Noire, Acrylic on canvas, 1965 by SH Raza, Lot 34
Climat, Acrylic on Canvas, 1974, Lot 49
Sanshari, Acrylic on canvas, 1994 by SH Raza, Lot 90