M.F. Husain
Enormously prolific, a gifted self-promoter and hard bargainer, he claimed to have produced some 60,000 paintings, when qu...
MF Husain, whose celebrated paintings won acclaim worldwide, was living in a self-imposed exile after his portrayal of som...
Sound :   Nina Virdee - Womad (World of Music Arts and Dance' festivals) 2006 Text and pictures: Internet Arangement:  San...
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Maqbool Fida Husain (17 September 1915 – 9 June 2011) commonly known as MF, was an eminent painter of Indian origin, although a Qatari national at the time of his death. He has been widely regarded as the "Picasso of India" and has influenced a whole generation of artists in the country.
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  • According to Forbes magazine, he has been called the “Picasso of India”. After a long, successful career his work suddenly became controversial in 1996, when he was 81 years old, following the publication of an article about nude images of Hindu deities painted in the 1970s. Husain first became well-known as an artist in the late 1940s. In 1947, he joined the Progressive Artists' Group, founded by Francis Newton Souza. This was a group of young artists who wished to break with the nationalist traditions established by the Bengal school of art and to encourage an Indian avant-garde, engaged at an international level. In 1952, his first solo exhibition was held at Zürich and over the next few years, his work was widely seen in Europe and the US.  In 1955, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shree prize by the Government of India. 
  • R enowned artist MF Husain , whose paintings made waves and stirred controversies across the globe, passed away in a London hospital on Thursday. According to reports, the artist, who was 95, died of a heart attack. He breathed his last in Royal Brompton hospital.  Husain was in a self-imposed exile since 2006 after his paintings of some Hindu deities led to life threats. He was, without any doubt, one of the most celebrated painters of the world and his paintings put India on the world map. 
  • A self-taught artist, Muqbool Fida Husain was born in 1915 in Maharashtra. At an early age he learnt the art of calligraphy and practiced the Kulfic khat with its geometric forms. He also learnt to write poetry while staying with an uncle in a madrasa in Baroda, an art that has stayed with him through his life. His early education was perfunctory but Husain's love of drawing was evident even at this stage. Whenever he got a chance he would strap his painting gear to his bicycle and drive out to the surrounding countryside of Indore to paint the landscape. In 1937 he reached Mumbai determined to become an artist, with hardly any money and lived m a cheap room in a by lane inhabited by pimps and prostitutes. Initially Husain apprenticed himself to a painter of cinema hoardings which he would paint with great dexterity perched on scaffolding sometimes in the middle of traffic.
  • Husain was noticed for the first time in 1947 when he won an award at the annual exhibition of the Bombay Art Society. Subsequently he was invited by Souza to join the Progressive Artist's Group. A great deal of experimentation in the early years led to some remarkable works Re Between The Spider And The Lamp, Zameen and Man. By 1955 he was one of the leading artists in India and had been awarded the Padma Shri. He 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.
  • In 1967 he won the Golden Bear at the International Film Festival at Berlin for his documentary Through the Eyes of a Painter and has made several short films since then. Husain was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973, the Padma Vibhushan in 1989 and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1986. One of the most charismatic artists in India today, he is known for his emphatic understanding of the human situation and his speedy evocation of it in paint. The early evolution of his painterly language was overtaken by adventurous forays into installations and performance art. His experimentations with new forms of art are both unexpected and pioneering. Husain has studios in several cities in India but lives mainly in Mumbai.  
  • Maqbool Fida Hussain, India's most celebrated contemporary artist, died in London today at the age of 95. He was an Indian Muslim who painted Hindu subject matter. He lived in self-imposed exile in Qatar since 2006 after receiving numerous death threats from far right Hindu nationalists, threats to blind and behead him. They threatened him over his work, first for being a Muslim which made him immediately suspect in his intentions toward that subject matter. And second, because Hussain sought to bring traditional Hindu subject matter into a more modern and personal idiom. Hussain found himself caught up in India's violent sectarian conflicts, made even more intense by the perceived threat of the West's reductivist secularism and the nihilism of global capitalism. Hussain rejected both the hardening constraints of threatened national and religious identity, and the nihilism of international market culture. He wanted to find a new way forward beyond the wholesale rejection of modernity by religious fundamentalism, and modernism's wholesale rejection of any religious or traditional identity. He wanted to do so by embracing the tradition of his ancient enemies on the
  • Subcontinent, not to parody it, but to understand it and to personalize it. It is precisely that personalizing and modernizing of tradition, especially by a Muslim, that so offended the Hindu fundamentalists who held large ferociously violent rallies condemning his work. In 2006, Hussain was forced to withdraw and publicly apologize for this painting of Bharata Mata, Mother India. Hindu nationalists objected to the painting's nudity (they said). I wonder. They don't seem to be too bothered by the not only nude, but sexually explicit sculptures on the temples at Khajuraho . I think what they really objected to was a traditional national emblem reinterpreted by a Muslim, even an Indian Muslim, and re-created in terms of an individual imagination. The very idea of one artist, an outsider and a traditional enemy, having a very particular take on a familiar national image apparently threatens them very deeply. In the age of the hedge-fund manager and the suicide bomber, Hussain lived out the terrible and painful paradoxes of an ever more cosmopolitan world.
  • The painter was often referred at as the Picasso of India. His works were more celebrated internationally in recent years, as controversy over some nude paintings made him unpopular in his own country. M.F. Hussain spent the last five years of his life in a self imposed exile, after a long disputed controversy over paintings dating from the 1970s, that were considered by many anti-Hindu. The paintings depicted a nude of Hindu goddess Saraswati, and a nude painting of a woman shaped like India’s map, or “Mother India.” Since January 2010, M.F. Hussain became a citizen of Qatar – and spoke of a desire to return home many times in recent years. Maqbool Fida Hussain popularly known as MF Hussain has passed away today in London. According to reports, the celebrated artist has died due to heart attack. He was 96. Popularly known as Picasso of India, Hussain saab has carved a niche for himself across the world with his paintings. Off late the artist was living in Qatar due to the threats he received over some of his controversial works. M F Hussain Paintings Pictures:
  • Maqbool Fida Husain, popularly known as M F Hussein, is one of the popular Indian Artists. He was born in the year 1915 in a village in Maharashtra in a Muslim Family. He is popular for his several contraversies his Paintings has attracted and his devotion to the Bollywood Diva Madhuri Dixit. Forbes magazine referred this Artist as " Picasso of India " and M F Hussains Paintings are worth crores of Rupees. He is a celebrity and one of the highest paid Painters of India. He attracted a lot of controversy after painting the nude image of Hindu Deities and falling in to the wrath of the Shiv Sena and Hindus. He was accused of hurting the sentiments of those who belong to Hindu Religion. Another popular controversy was the Painting of Nude Bharat Mata . This Painting was opposed by Organizations like Vishva Hindu Parishad and Hindu Jagruti Samiti for hurting the sentiments of Indians. M F Hussains film Meenaxi : A Tale of Three Cities also attracted controversy and was pulled out of movie theatres a day after some Muslim organisations like All India Muslim Council and Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind argued that one of the songs in the film contained words directly taken from the Holy Quran. The Kerala Governments announcement to award M F Husain with the prestigious Raja Ravi Varma award also led to a lot of controversy. A series of cases were brought against Hussain following the controversies and he was even issued a non-bailable warrant after he failed to respond to summons from the Court. He also is said to have received death threats. Now this artist no longer lives in India but is based in Dubai and London.
  • Husain had a humble beginning and started his Career by painting Film Hoardings. M F Hussain started being recognized as an artist after the 1940s. He received the prestigious Padma Shree Award from the Government of India in 1955. His first film Through the Eyes of a Painter made in 1967 received recognition at the Berlin Film Festival. M. F. Husain was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1986.He also was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1991. M F Hussains Bollywood disasters include Mohabbat in the year 1997 starring Akshay Khanna and Maduri Dixit, Gaja Gamini in the year 2000 starring Nasuruddin Shah, Maduri Dixit and Sharukh Khan , Meenaxi : The Tale Of 3 Cities in the year 2004 starring Tabu and Kunal Kapoor. His autobiography is also being made into a movie titled The Making of the Painter starring Shreyas Talpade. Who is his muse now? Is it still Maduri Dixit? Is it Amrita Rao whom he is obsessed with ever since he has seen the Movie Vivah? Or is it someone else? It keeps changing. The latest news is that he has asked Vidya Balan to pose nude for a Painting.  
  • Picasso of India - M.F.Husain

    1. 3. M.F. Husain
    2. 5. Enormously prolific, a gifted self-promoter and hard bargainer, he claimed to have produced some 60,000 paintings, when questioned about such prolificacy by Michael Peschardt of the BBC in one of the last interviews he gave on May 27th, 2011, he replied that "All this talk about inspiration and moment is nonsense. Excuse us". He amassed a fortune but maintained a bank balance of zero. He applied the formal lessons of European modernists like Cézanne and Matisse to scenes from national epics like the Mahabharata, Ramayana and to the Hindu pantheon. His narrative paintings, executed in a modified Cubist style, can be caustic and funny as well as serious and somber. His themes—usually treated in series—include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British raj, and motifs of Indian urban and rural life. One of the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artists of the 20th century, he also received recognition as a printmaker, photographer, and filmmaker. Maqbool Fida Husain (17 September 1915 – 9 June 2011) commonly known as MF, was an eminent painter of Indian origin, although a Qatari national at the time of his death. He has been widely regarded as the "Picasso of India" and has influenced a whole generation of artists in the country. Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. A dashing, highly eccentric figure who dressed in impeccably tailored suits, he went barefoot and brandished an extra-long paintbrush as a slim cane. He never maintained a studio but he spread his canvases out on the floor of whatever hotel room he happened to be staying in and paying for damages when he checked out. He created four museums to showcase his work and had a collection of classic sports cars.
    3. 25. MF Husain, whose celebrated paintings won acclaim worldwide, was living in a self-imposed exile after his portrayal of some Hindu deities raised controversy.
    4. 52. Sound : Nina Virdee - Womad (World of Music Arts and Dance' festivals) 2006 Text and pictures: Internet Arangement: Sanda Foişoreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda