Limited Edition Serigraph printed in 48 colors on archival paper. This serigraph was published in an edition size of 100. This item will be shipped unframed, in a roll. The paper size is 40 x 26 inch, image size is 33.50 x 17 inch. The print is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
‘L’inconnu’, meaning ‘the unknown’, was painted in 1972, belongs to Raza’s gestural phase, after he had visited the United States and returned to settle in France.
Two distinct parts to this vertical canvas emphasize the demarcation of two divided spaces in the mind. In the upper half, against the vacuum of red space, are inscribed in devnagari script the beginnings of a poem in Hindi. The words ring out with the poignancy of his journey,
Let the path be unknown; let the heart be filled with solitude.
The lower half is the gestural work that feeds on the memories of the deep jungles of Madhya Pradesh from his childhood that so terrified him as a boy. The seductive beat of drums and the scene of the dancers swaying to the music, and a kaleidoscope of colours that significantly reminded him of India. Art critic Jean-Dominique Rey sees in these glowing colours and forms ‘perhaps the native village of Raza. They glow with the recollection of a world once known.