ARTstor and the Francis Newton Souza Estate are collaborating to make approximately 4,200 images of Souza’s artwork available in the ARTstor Digital Library.
Born in Saligoa, Goa, India in 1924, Francis Newton Souza became the first of India’s post-Independence modern painters to achieve high recognition in the West. His works can be found in major museum collections around the world, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Birmingham Museum of Art, the Wakefield Art Gallery, the Haifa Museum in Israel, the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas, the National Gallery of Modern Art in India, the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, and the Glenbarra Museum in Japan. According to Indian art historian Yashodhara Dalmia, “At the heart of Souza’s creativity was the belief that society’s destructive aspects shouldn’t be suppressed, they should be aired and confronted.”
The Francis Newton Souza Estate comprised a collection of artwork that spanned six decades, from 1939-2001. It included paintings, works on paper, diaries, an unfinished book that outlines the artist’s philosophy on art and life, an annotated library embracing an array of topics, personal and business correspondence, and a large number of photographs. The Francis Newton Souza Foundation is currently working on Souza’s catalogue raisonné.
For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Francis Newton Souza Estate collection page.
- American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) Collection (University of Michigan)
- American Institute of Indian Studies Collection
- Victoria and Albert Museum Collection
- Contemporary Art (Larry Qualls Archive)