“Now that Picasso is dead, I am the greatest!” F.N. Souza once proclaimed, unabashedly announcing himself as the successor of an artist for whom Souza once scraped together coins in order to study in a Mumbai library. Both Picasso and Souza were founding members of the modern art movement in their respective countries; Souza’s works were highly influenced by Cubism and earned him the moniker the “Indian Picasso”—a nickname, whether or not self-appointed, that is strongly supported by placing their bodies of work side by side.
The Souza works pictured are included in Christie’s South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art sale, March 20, 2013. Learn more here.