Signed and dated 'Souza 98' (lower left)
Acquired directly from the artist
Vinod Bhardwaj, Francis Newton Souza: Dhoomimal Gallery Collection, Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi, p. 367 (illustrated)
The current picture is one of Souza's numerous 'mutant' portrait studies that he produced starting from the late 60s and throughout the later part of his career. Here, the head was severely distorted and appeared almost inside out. The man is rendered in white against a grainy blue background that was perfunctorily prepared. The work, which was dated 1998, reflected Souza's looser style in his later years, yet the sharp black outlines that have been his signature remained.