Francis Newton Souza Erotic Drawing 1963

Francis Newton Souza
Erotic Drawing
Pen and Ink
Signed and dated 1963
34 by 25 cms.

Francis Newton Souza (12 April 1924 – 28 March 2002), commonly referred to as F. N. Souza, was an Indian artist. His style exhibited both low-life and high energy. He was one of the first painters to achieve international recognition from a newly independent India, as well as being a leading figure of its avant-garde movement. As a result of his time spent abroad, Souza’s style drew heavily from Expressionism. Often referred to as the “Indian Picasso”, Souza became known for his aggressive lines and thick application of colour. He was fascinated with images of the sacred and the profane, and the boundary that divided them; his favorite subjects included the human figure, frequently depicted engaging in erotic acts and organized rituals of religion. Souza was also responsible for co-founding the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group in 1947, which sought to encourage artists to depict Indian subject matter within Western Modernist styles.