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Modern Indian Art

British Raj (large size).

Husain, Maqbool Fida (1915-).

Lithograph on paper. 1005 x 520mm. (39.5 x 20.5 ins).

Artist’s proof, signed in pencil by M.F. Husain.

Maqbool Fida Husain (M.F. Husain) arguably India’s greatest living artist was born in Maharashtra in 1915. He briefly studied at the Indore Art College before moving to Mumbai (Bombay) where he supported himself by painting cinema hoardings. In 1947 he became a founder member of the Progressive Artists’ Group with Krishen Khanna, Tyeb Mehta, Vasudeo Gaitonde and Francis Newton Souza among others.

M.F. Husain has exhibited extensively - at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Hirschhorn Museum, New York the Tate Gallery, London, the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Massachusetts etc. He has been the subject of numerous monographs including Husain, Harry Abrams, New York 1971, the first international book on a living Indian artist. Among his many awards and honours are the Gold Bear for his film Through the Eyes of a Painter at the 1967 Berlinale and importantly the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan from the Indian government.