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MF Hussain

Maqbool Fida Husain
Born: 17 September 1915
Died: 9 June 2011)

  • He was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group.
  • Husain is 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.
  • His themes—sometimes 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.
  • Early in his painting career, and until his death, he enjoyed depicting the lively and free spirit of horses in many of his works.
  • Husain is the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century.
  • Husain is primarily known for his paintings, but is also known for his drawings and his work as a printmaker, photographer, and filmmaker.
  • He also directed a few movies. In 1967, he received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through the Eyes of a Painter.
  • In 2004, he directed Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, a film he worked on with his artist son Owais Husain, which was screened in the Marché du Film section of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

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