Sayed Haider Raza

1922 - 2016

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Quote, price and estimation of the artist Sayed Haider Raza

Price of a painting by the artist: 8,000 – 2,000,000€.

Estimation of a print by the artist: 50 – 1,000 €

Price of a drawing and watercolour by the artist: 4,000 – 250,000 €.

Price of a sculpture by the artist: 1,000 – 60,000€.

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Raza: a pioneer of Indian contemporary art

Sayed Haider Raza is a painter born in Barbara, India in 1922. He received dual training in his country at the Nagpur School of Fine Arts in Nagpur and at the Sir JJ School of Arts in Bombay.

After obtaining a scholarship from the French government in 1950, Sayed Haider Raza went to Paris to study at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts for three years. There, in 1959, he met his future wife, the French artist Janine Mongillat, known for her works of informal abstraction.

His time will be divided between France and his native Indian land, whose inexhaustible visual and spiritual richness nourishes his artistic reflection and his pictorial production throughout his career.

A modernist fibre and a spiritual anchor

The artist became known as the founder of the Progressive Artists Group in Bombay in 1947 – the year India proclaimed its independence – through artists such as Krishnaji Howlaji Ara [1914-1985], Maqbool Fida Husain [1915-2011].

Eager to free themselves from the constraints of tradition, these Indian painters and sculptors are trying to initiate a modern form of artistic expression, with the vocation of celebrating traditional Indian painting, in support of the major deployments of European and American art.

The group disbanded following the departure of Raza, and some of his companions, to other destinations.

Deployed in an abstract way, the landscapes of his early works are abstract, becoming more strongly geometric with experience. His paintings are above all imbued with spirituality, and give pride of place to the expression of interiority.

Sayed Haider Raza: a well-recognised artist

Raza was awarded the Prix de la Critique in 1956, and as a result he was presented at numerous international fairs and group exhibitions. His works are also promoted at events specifically dedicated to contemporary Indian art.

His first solo exhibition was held in 1958 in Paris, and was organised by the Galerie Lara Vincy. Galleries around the world gave her lasting visibility in the art world.

His work is now celebrated by the Raza Foundation-Gorbio, following joint donations by Raza and his wife to the town of Gorbio in the south of France. Administered by their only daughter, this place of artistic residences ensures the diffusion of the work of Raza, who died in 2016 in Delhi.

The art market is also receptive to its singular production, between Eastern and Western influences. He honoured the artist in 2010 at a sale at Christie’s. One of his works, the painting Saurashtra, sold for nearly three million euros, making him one of the most highly rated Indian artists of his time.

Recognising Raza’s signature

Like many artists, Sayed Haider Raza did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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