M.F.Husain

Maqbool Fida Husain is truly a living legend. Born in 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, Husain is a self-taught artist who has contributed immensely in the promotion of Indian art in the international world. He has a very humble background having received only the most basic of education in a Madrasa in the city of Baroda. Today, he in undoubtedly the most recognizable figure in the Indian Art world.

After In 1937, Husain left his course at the Art College in Indore and moved to Mumbai to strike it big. He joined the prestigious J.J. School of Art in the metropolis and later started his career as a billboard painter to eke out a meager living. He supplemented his income by carving furniture and toys.

Husain was noticed for the first time in 1947 when he won an award for his painting ‘Sunhera Sansaar’ at the annual exhibition of the Bombay Art Society. Following this, in 1948, he was invited by F.N. Souza to join the Progressive Artist's Group, a group formed to explore a new idiom for Indian art and that began a journey that is continuing in myriad forms till this date.

Developing his art has been an on-going process where he has returned time and again to his roots, and to themes that blended folk, tribal and mythological art to create vibrantly contemporary, living art forms. He depicts the icons of Indian culture, through the ages, seeking to capture the quintessence of his subjects, like Mother Teresa, Krishna and the goddess Saraswati. Husain has also been exposed to, and strongly influenced by, the work of Emil Nolde and Oskar Kokoschka.

Besides painting, he has also experimented with installations and performance art. He has made feature films, such as "Through the Eyes of a Painter" in 1967, which was a Golden Bear Award winner at the Berlin Film Festival and which marked his foray into the film world. He followed it up with "Gajagamini" in 2000. His reason for making this Hindi film was that he wanted 'art to be accessible to everyone, to the masses, not to intellectuals and intelligentsia'.

M F Husain was a special invitee along with Pablo Picasso at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1971. Along with several solo exhibitions he had major retrospectives in Mumbai in 1969, in Calcutta in 1973 and in Delhi in 1978. He has participated in many international shows which include Contemporary Indian Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London 1982; Six Indian Painters, Tate Gallery, London 1985; Modem Indian Painting, Hirschhom Museum, Washington 1986 and Contemporary Indian Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York 1986.

On account of his immense contribution to Indian art, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan Award in 1973 and the Padma Vibhushan award in 1989, both prestigious civilian awards. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha (the Upper house of the Indian Parliament) in 1986.

"All forms of art are born from one's roots"

Artwork for Sale

Arrival
by M.F.Husain

Size:

36 X 26 inches

Nude
by M.F.Husain

Size:

39 X 20 inches

The Brahmin Couple
by M.F.Husain

Size:

41 X 40 inches

Untitled
by M.F.Husain

Size:

30 X 22 inches

Untitled
by M.F.Husain

Size:

21 X 29 inches

Untitled (Dancers)
by M.F.Husain

Size:

27 X 30 inches

Untitled (Tribal women) -1970s
by M.F.Husain

Size:

33 X 33 inches

untitled 1965
by M.F.Husain

Size:

48 X 24 inches

Untitled, 1960's
by M.F.Husain

Size:

40 X 49 inches