Gradually the juxtaposition of colors cancels the line and the atmosphere supersedes the topography. The artist likes these landscapes half in the shade that reveal the varieties of colors of the agrarian plots in contrast with the first or last sun rays on churches and houses. In this early phase of his art the specific structure of the villages in the hills of Provence is easily identifiable.
On March 19 in New York, Sotheby's sells as lot 33 a view of a village in Provence in front of a glowing sky.
This large scale oil on canvas 105 x 200 cm was painted in a heavy impasto in 1956 and exhibited in the same year at the Internazionale Biennale d'Arte di Venezia where it highly contributed to demonstrate the quality of Raza's artistic vision.
In a later phase Raza pushes up to abstraction his illustration of La Terre from Provence. An 189 x 189 cm oil on canvas painted in 1973 was sold for $ 3.1 million including premium by Christie's on March 18, 2014.
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