Signed and dated 'RAZA '05' (lower right)
Further signed, initialed, titled, dated and inscribed 'RAZA / "Earth" / 2005 / 60 x 60 cm. / acrylic on canvas' (on the reverse)
Acquired directly from the artist
Artiana / Sale # 1702 / Lot 12 / South Asian Art - Classical, Modern and Contemporary / Dubai / 26-30 October 2017
Alain Bonfand, Raza, Paris, 2008, pg. 234 (illustrated)
Ashok Vajpeyi, A Life in Art: S.H Raza, Art Alive Masters Series Books, New Delhi, 2007, pg. 300 (illustrated)
Ranjit Hoskote, Ashok Vajpeyi, Yashodhara Dalmia and Avni Doshi, S.H Raza: Vistaar, Art Musings, Mumbai, 2012, pg. 106 (illustrated)
‘Earth’ is a title Raza has invoked more frequently. It serves as an example of the artist’s creative powers at its peak – one that marks his movement towards great levels abstractions, those that were supplemented by geometric representations inspired by Hindu philosophy.
The painting portrays a sense of life, bursting with colours and the rhythms of nature. Influences from France and India are both visible. The discourse between hues, saturated variously, add to the painting’s animated quality. The artist's preoccupation with nature is retained. Raza's interest in nature, however, was far from literal; what fascinated him most was the mystical quality of the cosmos and the role of the human being in its scheme. Relying on symbolism, he used the language of line, point, square, diagonal and triangle to bring out the principle of order that organises the meeting of time and space in the cosmic scheme. Traces of Mandalas and Yantra, which are significant visual aids to meditate on and which reflect a symbolic union between the self and the universe, can be seen in the painting.