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Object lessons: Francis Newton Souza

India Art Fair opens this week—look out for this Modern Indian masterpiece

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F. N. Souza, Man and Woman Laughing (1957) DAG Modern, India Art Fair, New Delhi, 2-5 February

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Francis Newton Souza posed with this oil on masonite painting on the cover of the catalogue of his exhibition at London’s Gallery One in 1957. Painted during what many believe was Souza’s golden decade, it used to be in the collection of Harold Kovner, an American who acquired several of Souza’s works over a four-year period by paying him a monthly stipend.