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Lot 11
Maqbool Fida Husain | Untitled (Madras Series), 1981

Date of Birth: 1915 - 2011

Medium: Marker pen on paper

Size: 22 x 15 inches, 56 x 38 cms

Signed by: Dated ‘Madras, Four, IV 81’ on lower right Text in Tamil on lower left

Provenance: Collection of a reputed art gallery, New Delhi. Acquired from Ashvita’s, Chennai

Estimate: ₹ 12,00,000 - ₹ 15,00,000


Maqbool Fida Husain (1915 - 2011)

Maqbool Fida Husain was born in 1915 in Maharashtra. In 1937, he reached Mumbai determined to become an artist. 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 Artists Group. Along with several solo exhibitions, he held major retrospectives in Mumbai in 1969, in Kolkata in 1973 and in New 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; Modern Indian Painting, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, 1986 and Contemporary Indian Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York, 1986. Husain was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973, the Padma Vibhushan in 1989 and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1986. Husain had studios in several cities in India and lived in Qatar and passed away in 2011.