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M.F.Husain   (Date of Birth : (1915-2011))

Extremely dynamic, highly prolific and a modernist in true sense, Maqbool Fida Husain, better known as M.F. Husain, has stirred the entire art world through the power of his creative expression, dialogue and gesture. Born in 1915, at Pandharpur, Mumbai (then Bombay) he started his career by painting cinema posters, designing furniture and building toys. It was only during the late 1940’s that he became a well-known artist.
Basically self- taught, Husain was blessed with a highly sensitive and revolutionary mind that accorded well with his artistic virtuosity. The distorted or deformed human figures, horses and objects, the major occupants of his works portray the dark side of the society and manifest the artist’s concern and anguish over the increasing violence, injustice and despair. His famous series of works-Ramayana and Mahabharata; Theatre of the Absurd (1990); and the Splash Front Page (1991) can be taken to be the best examples in this context. His other renowned series include Mother Teresa (interpreted as the symbol of love and hope); Images of the British Raj (basically a satire on the people and lifestyles of British period), Visarjan (1992), Shwetambari (1992) and many others. Husain was one of the founder members of Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group (1947) and also among the path breakers who brought about significant changes in Indian art-from realistic painting of British academic traditions and national traditions of Bengal School of Art to a modern, expressive approach to form as well as subject. Husain’s works clearly reveal the influence of western masters like Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, and Juan Gris.
Not only the most celebrated but perhaps the most widely exhibited Indian artist, Husain held innumerable solo exhibitions including ‘M F Husain 2010 – The World is my Canvas', organized by Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Qatar Foundation and as part of 2010 Arab Capital of Culture, in 2010; 'And Not Just 88: Husain in Oils', National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, in 2004; ‘Shwetambari’, Installation at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 1991; ‘Theatre of the Absurd’, Installations, New Delhi, in 1990; ‘Paintings 1971’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 1972; and the ones held at Dhoomimal Gallery in 1964; Bombay Art Society, Mumbai in 1950 among others. The important posthumous exhibitions include 'Paintings and Drawings from a Private Collection', Grosvenor Gallery, London in 2015; 'Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions', Museum Picasso of Barcelona, Barcelona in 2014; 'The Discerning Eye: Modern Masters', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2013 and several others. He has been represented in various prestigious group shows and art events across the world.
Besides painting, he also successfully produced and directed feature films like "Through the Eyes of a Painter", in 1967, which was awarded with the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and "Gajagamini" in 2000.
Government of India conferred on him the Padma Bhushan (1973) and Padma Vibhushan (1989) awards. In 2007, he was given the Raja Ravi Varma Award, by the Government of Kerala.
Husain died in 2011 in London.


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Artist: M.F.Husain
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Artist: M.F.Husain
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Artist: M.F.Husain
Medium: Oil on Jute
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Artist: M.F.Husain
Medium: Oil on Canvas
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Artist: M.F.Husain
Medium: Oil on Kite Paper
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Artist: M.F.Husain
Medium: Lithograph
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Artist: M.F.Husain
Medium: Lithograph
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Artist: M.F.Husain
Medium: Lithograph
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