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Significant Indian Paintings Significant Indian Paintings M. F. HUSAIN (1915 - 2011)
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From the collection of a French art historian
Maqbool Fida Husain has become synonymous with Indian art. He is a living legend, a maverick, a performer and the one responsible for making Indian modernisim a global phenomenon. Husain is unmistakably one of the few artists who have become cult figures in contemporary India. At the age of 95, his undying spirit and vigour continues and is admirable.
Husain was born in Pandharpur, Maharasthra and spent a large part of his early years in Indore. By the late 1940’s he was an involved member of the Progressive Artists Group of Bombay. The Indian village become a motif in his work.The Horse became a trademark series from his oeuvre, and his use of female form in many avatars including goddesses from myth and reality is legendary. His political consciousness triggered some of the most topical images in art history. His prodigious work and effortless expressiveness has become part of the mythology about him.
Husain paints in an epic style characterized by line drawings and expressionistic colours. His most memorable series are Horses, Mother Teresa and Raj Series amongst others.