Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Remembering M.F. Husain, the godfather of modern Indian art

By Prachi Mahima
Amplessi (Embrace) (1950) by M.F. Husain. Credit: Flickr Commons
It has been seven years since Maqbool Fida Husain, the revolutionary painter who brought about a new era in modern Indian art, died. Born on September 17, 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, to a Sulaymani Bohra family. A man of revolutionary ideas, Hussain’s aesthetics were inspired by the new freedom from the shackles of English dominance after two complete centuries. The theme of his paintings was diverse, ranging from Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa, to the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and even British rule. Among the most interesting aspects of his work was the theme of womanhood that he explored in a many of his paintings in the form of depicting Hindu goddesses or the traditional Indian woman. [More]
M.F. Husain. Credit: Wikimedia Commons