Sayed Haider Raza: A Bombay Revolutionary

Mar 18, 2013 4:23PM

Sayed Haider Raza, left India for France in 1947 the year of India's independence. Considered part of the Bombay progressive artist set, this revolutionary's work recalls memories of life growing up in a small and densely forested village in Madhya Pradesh.

Village en Fête is a vibrant homage to life India. The vibrant colors dance across the canvas and the painting almost vibrates. You can imagine tribal drums beating in the distance, village women chattering and children's laughter rippling through dense trees.

Leaving behind structure and form, this seminal work created at Raza's peak allowed him to take risks and be boldly influenced by the Abstract Expressionists like Hans Hofmann.