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The Rocks

A shroud of darkness, ready to engulf the life beneath it, rolls across the painting. This is a moment of light before the dark consumes all. Raza’s love for stark light and dark play of colours is yet again seen in this painting. The eye is met with the sight of dark, overhanging rocks, frowning upon, what seems to be, a little village, cozily cradled amidst them. The life and energy embodied in the small, inhabited part of the painting is like a bubble of activity, waiting to be extinguished by the calm, dense and rocky night, drenching the city into sleep. This landscape acquires a metaphysical meaning of impending lifelessness after a flurry of liveliness, the silence of death after glorious living. However, there is no sense of distress in the painting. The awaiting of death is but the natural order of the world, just as the advent of the night after sunset is a part of the natural process. Or, perhaps, it is the resilient spirit of survival in the face of the inevitable. Titled Les Roches, or The Rocks, the painting is the artist’s impression of the rocky French landscape that so influenced him in the earlier years of his career. The gestural use of paint and brush gives the painting its expressionist charm as well as its abstraction. So, this painting is an abstract representation of a rocky rural French landscape.

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