M. F. Husain - Expression under Attack
Other Works by Hussain
Maqbool Fida Husain, (born September 17, 1915, Pandharpur) popularly known as M. F. Husain is India’s most renowned living artist. During a career that has spanned almost 70 years, his richest source of inspiration has been the vast cultural landscape of his native land. 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 comes from a Muslim Indian family. In 1935, he moved to Bombay and was admitted to the Sir J. J. School of Art. He first became well-known as an artist in the late 1940s. In 1947, he joined the Progressive Artists’ Group, a clique of young artists who wished to break with the nationalist traditions 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 USA. In 1966, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shree prize by the Government of India. In the following year, he made his first film, Through the Eyes of a Painter. It was shown at the Berlin Film Festival and won a Golden Bear.
Husain went on to become the highest paid painter in India. His single canvases have fetched up to 2 million dollars at a recent Christie’s auction. In recognition of his distinction, he was appointed to a term in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of India’s parliament. The Peabody Essex Museum (USA, Massachusetts) featured a solo exhibition from November 2006 to June 2007. He has also produced & directed movies, including Gaja Gamini and Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities . His autobiography is being made into a movie tentatively titled “The Making of the Painter.”