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Oil Painting - Negro in Mourning

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Francis Newton Souza

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1999P10
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1957 - 1957

Maker Information

Artist:Francis Newton Souza - View biography for Francis Newton Souza


After training as a painter in Bombay, Souza came to England in 1949 to study at the Central School of Art in London. He lived in poverty until he found a market for his work in Europe and gradually established a reputation in Britain.

Souza wrote about this painting:

'I painted 'Negro in Mourning' in London when the race riots flared. I personally think it is one of my best works - socialist realism maybe, Expressionism certainly. Moreover, Negro in Mourning is close to the bone of man because it is about the colour of skin.'

Purchased with assistance from the MGC/VandA Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1999.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Medium:Oil on hardboard.


Height:1220 mm
Width:610 mm