Maqbool Fida Husain

Maqbool Fida Husain (1915 – 2011)

The modern, the controversial, and the prominent, M. F. Husain is the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century. Started with cinema posters in Mumbai, worked for a toy company to earn a living, often traveled to Gugarat to paint landscapes, when he could afford to, M. F. Husain never doubted himself.

F. Husain used modern technique. His narrative paintings, executed in a modified Cubist style, presents motifs of urban and rural life. Hussain is one of India’s most gifted artists. He is known for his paintings of women and horses, and for often painting very controversial works.

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Maqbool Fida Husain was born in the town of Sholapur. His grandfather was a tinsmith, his father a clerk. The family suffered heavily at the time of depression. Husain’s schooling ended early. However, an attempt to train him as a priest eventually led Husain to take deep interest in Islamic literature and calligraphy. His painting life began when he migrated to Bombay in 1937 at the age of 22. For many years, he painted gigantic billboards. Eventually, Husain has become a living legend.

Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. His early association with the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group used modern technique, and was inspired by the “new” India after The Partition of 1947.

Photographer Parthiv Shah captured various moods and candid moments in the everyday life of legendary artist M. F. Husain.  The photographs documents various moods and facets of the life of the celebrated artist –  Sadak, Sarai, Basti – the recurring figure of Maqbool Fida Husain.

F. Hussain paints his horses: rare archival footage.

Through the Eyes of a Painter (1967)

 Hussain has not only contributed to India in the field of art but also in that of photography and movies.  ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’, a film by M. F. Husain, won a Golden Bear in 1967 at the Berlin International Film Festival.

A Painter of Our Time (1976)

A Painter of Our Time (1976), directed by Santi P Chowdhury, shows various works of the painter, while presenting his preoccupations as an artist.