F.N. Souza Two Saints in a Landscape 1961

Artwork details

Artist
F.N. Souza 1924–2002
Title
Two Saints in a Landscape
Date 1961
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1283 x 959 mm
frame: 1544 x 1219 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by A.J. Muirhead 1965
Reference
T00725
Not on display

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Some artists in this display address spirituality through non-Christian imagery. Others such as Souza, who was raised as a Catholic, continued to consider these issues through traditional Christian iconography.

Here, the jumble of buildings in the upper part of the painting contrasts sharply with the austerely simple landscape that surrounds the two saints. This marked division suggests the separation of the material and spiritual worlds. Likewise, the formal clarity of the figures compared with the visual confusion of the city may signify a state of grace.

September 2004

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