London: This exhibition is devoted to Souza’s paper works from all through his profession

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Each figure reflects the attitudes of Picasso’s Demoiselles in a simplified style. However, these five distorted but carefully assembled figures exude a sensuality that Souza distilled from his analysis of the lush traditional sculptures of the Khajuraho temples in India. By projecting this brothel scene into his own context, Souza delivers a raw transfiguration of what he sees as contemporary icons.

Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) also provided the context in which Souza designed the study for Young Ladies of Belsize Park more than fifty years later, in 1962. At the time, Souza was living in Hampstead, London, and its busy atmosphere and nearby red light area of ​​Belsize Park reflected Picasso’s description of Barcelona. 1962 marked thirteen years since Souza left India and was already based in both London and Paris and also exhibited in Rome and Geneva. His art flourished in Europe, allowing him to explore topics such as the female figure in his works as a powerful and subversive aesthetic tool. Souza’s own words offer the best thought for thought: “The Renaissance painted men and women to look like angels. I paint for angels to show them what women really look like.”

‘FN Souza 52 Years on paper’ runs at Grosvenor Gallery, London until March 7, 2021. These will be on view in the gallery’s online viewing room in February. And will be available for viewing in the gallery by appointment.