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RAZA: An Introduction to his Painting
RAZA: An Introduction to his Painting
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About the Book:

Raza remains characterised by the crossbreeding of the modernity of Europe and the USA and the spirituality of India. His evolution can be observed in the successive stages that structured his life: at every moment of his thought process Life, Nature and their Mysteries have been forever present.

His Indian canvases and those of his early years in Paris were realistic in the sense that they show the visible. Late, a he distanced himself from this concept to tend more and more towards the gestual. In the next stage, the Bindu and its various manifestations led Raza along the path to Truth. His attempts at purification have lately culminated in his White period.

This book explores important milestones in Raza's life and work. It looks at his childhood in Madhya Pradesh, India, and his life as a young painter in Bombay. It traces his departure for France and his discovery of Europe and the United States which represent a crucial period in his pictorial evolution from the figurative to the gestual. Finally, it studies the period from about 1970 to 2000 during which Raza's art came to maturity and he succeeded in amalgamating two worlds as divergent as India and the Occident, worlds between which he still constantly moves back and forth.

About the Author:

Michel Imbert was born in 1962 at Menton, on the Cote d'Azur in France. After graduating from High School he obtained a diploma in International Economics from the New York Institute of Finance.

In 1991 Michel returned to his first love, the History of Art. He passed an exam qualifying him as a city guide acknowledged by the Ministry of Culture and obtained a job with the Cultural and Historical Services of the City of Menton. He also works for the Art Museum of Menton teaching Art History in schools.

Michel matriculated in the Art History section of the University of Provence in Aix-en-Provence where he obtained an M. A. for his thesis: La Vie et I' Oeuvre du peintre indien Raza (The life and the works of Raza, and Indian painter).

In order to further study contemporary Indian painting Michel accompanied Raza to India, where he visited exhibitions and museums and met with painters, collectors and art dealers in New Delhi and Mumbai. He pursues his studies at the University of Provence.

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
I.THE ARTISTIC APPRENTICESHIP
1. From Childhood to Adolescence (1922-1939): Spiritual Initiation
Influence of the Elements of Nature and Nocturnal Wildlife,
From Primary School to High School
2. Training in Art Techniques (1939-1953): The Use of Gouache
Raza's First Direct Contact with Artistic techniques (1939-1949)
Life in Bombay
Raza's Debut as an Artist in Bombay (1943-1950)
Independence and Partition of India
The Progressive Artists Group (1947)
3. Raza's Initial Artistic Encounters and Their Influence on Him
Professor Langhammer
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Rudy Von Leyden
Emmanuel Schlesinger
II.PICTORIAL EVOLUTION FROM THE FIGURATIVE TO THE GESTUAL
1. Post-World War II Painting in France
2. Studies and Research in Paris (1950-1953)
In the Streets of Paris
The Museums of Paris
Raza's Travels in France
3. The Figurative Period (1953-1965)
The Difficult Years (1953-1956)
The Seeds of Fame in France
Departure for the United States
4. Back to France and the Gestual Period (1962-1972)
III.MATURITY: THE BINDU
1. Raza and the Bindu
The Bindu as a Symbol of the Primordial Energy
Transition from the Gestual to the Bindu
Work Based on the Bindu
Raza and Neo-Tantrism
Raza and the Sources of His Inspiration
2. Indian Art and Europe
Fondation Nationale des Arts Plastiques, Paris
Centre d'Art Moderne George Pompidou, Paris
Coup de Coeur (One from the Heart), Geneva
Galerie Le Monde de l'Art, Paris
Exposition Universelle 1998, Lisbon
3. Raza's One-Man Exhibitions
Galerie Parat, Paris
Galerie Eterso, Cannes
Palais Carnoles, Menton
4. The Inner Quest
Travels in India
The Essence of Raza's Work
Raza's Process of Thought and Work
Festival d'Avignon 1995
Gallery 54 Exhibition, New York
CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY


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RAZA: An Introduction to his Painting

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2003
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About the Book:

Raza remains characterised by the crossbreeding of the modernity of Europe and the USA and the spirituality of India. His evolution can be observed in the successive stages that structured his life: at every moment of his thought process Life, Nature and their Mysteries have been forever present.

His Indian canvases and those of his early years in Paris were realistic in the sense that they show the visible. Late, a he distanced himself from this concept to tend more and more towards the gestual. In the next stage, the Bindu and its various manifestations led Raza along the path to Truth. His attempts at purification have lately culminated in his White period.

This book explores important milestones in Raza's life and work. It looks at his childhood in Madhya Pradesh, India, and his life as a young painter in Bombay. It traces his departure for France and his discovery of Europe and the United States which represent a crucial period in his pictorial evolution from the figurative to the gestual. Finally, it studies the period from about 1970 to 2000 during which Raza's art came to maturity and he succeeded in amalgamating two worlds as divergent as India and the Occident, worlds between which he still constantly moves back and forth.

About the Author:

Michel Imbert was born in 1962 at Menton, on the Cote d'Azur in France. After graduating from High School he obtained a diploma in International Economics from the New York Institute of Finance.

In 1991 Michel returned to his first love, the History of Art. He passed an exam qualifying him as a city guide acknowledged by the Ministry of Culture and obtained a job with the Cultural and Historical Services of the City of Menton. He also works for the Art Museum of Menton teaching Art History in schools.

Michel matriculated in the Art History section of the University of Provence in Aix-en-Provence where he obtained an M. A. for his thesis: La Vie et I' Oeuvre du peintre indien Raza (The life and the works of Raza, and Indian painter).

In order to further study contemporary Indian painting Michel accompanied Raza to India, where he visited exhibitions and museums and met with painters, collectors and art dealers in New Delhi and Mumbai. He pursues his studies at the University of Provence.

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
I.THE ARTISTIC APPRENTICESHIP
1. From Childhood to Adolescence (1922-1939): Spiritual Initiation
Influence of the Elements of Nature and Nocturnal Wildlife,
From Primary School to High School
2. Training in Art Techniques (1939-1953): The Use of Gouache
Raza's First Direct Contact with Artistic techniques (1939-1949)
Life in Bombay
Raza's Debut as an Artist in Bombay (1943-1950)
Independence and Partition of India
The Progressive Artists Group (1947)
3. Raza's Initial Artistic Encounters and Their Influence on Him
Professor Langhammer
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Rudy Von Leyden
Emmanuel Schlesinger
II.PICTORIAL EVOLUTION FROM THE FIGURATIVE TO THE GESTUAL
1. Post-World War II Painting in France
2. Studies and Research in Paris (1950-1953)
In the Streets of Paris
The Museums of Paris
Raza's Travels in France
3. The Figurative Period (1953-1965)
The Difficult Years (1953-1956)
The Seeds of Fame in France
Departure for the United States
4. Back to France and the Gestual Period (1962-1972)
III.MATURITY: THE BINDU
1. Raza and the Bindu
The Bindu as a Symbol of the Primordial Energy
Transition from the Gestual to the Bindu
Work Based on the Bindu
Raza and Neo-Tantrism
Raza and the Sources of His Inspiration
2. Indian Art and Europe
Fondation Nationale des Arts Plastiques, Paris
Centre d'Art Moderne George Pompidou, Paris
Coup de Coeur (One from the Heart), Geneva
Galerie Le Monde de l'Art, Paris
Exposition Universelle 1998, Lisbon
3. Raza's One-Man Exhibitions
Galerie Parat, Paris
Galerie Eterso, Cannes
Palais Carnoles, Menton
4. The Inner Quest
Travels in India
The Essence of Raza's Work
Raza's Process of Thought and Work
Festival d'Avignon 1995
Gallery 54 Exhibition, New York
CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY


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