Maqbool Fida Husain

Maqbool Fida Husain

Gouri R.


'To my mind the most interesting thing in art is the personality of the artist; and if that is singular, I am willing to excuse a thousand faults,' says Somerset Maugham in The Moon and Sixpence.
What do you think of the artist who completes an elaborate painting-and washes it back to white again? Three generations of Indians have found Maqbool Fida Husain quirky and irresistibly provocative. Star and showman that he is, Husain has fuelled that interest with regular exhibitions of eccentricity and caprice. With his striking features framed by a bushy halo (now a venerable white), Husain is a photographer's delight. He sparks the kind of controversy ...

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the Eyes of a Painter'.
Husain has been more reviled and disparaged than any other Indian artist. He is accused of making his public see the emperor in clothes that simply do not exist. He once strewed the walls of an art gallery with kilometres of white homespun cloth and the floors with newspapers, to signify serenity above and shocks below. As early as 1968 Husain decided to turn painting into performance. At the Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi, large evening crowds watched as he worked on six canvasses-simultaneously!
At age eighty he declared that movie star Madhuri Dixit had 'stirred his instincts' as she cavorted in the rollicking blockbuster Hum Apke Hain Kaun. Not content with extolling her as the Eternal Woman in serigraphs, he painted the star on a live horse as well.
With his love of music it was natural for Husain to contemporize the tradition of raga painting. Steeped as he is in Urdu poetry, Husain's romantic metaphors described paintings as fragments of ...

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of this ancient subcontinent. Glitch and folk are as much grist to his mill as are the classical modes of the West or the Far East. From the stark to the subtle, from the mundane to the mystic-Husain spurns nothing along the way. He is as much at home with the haute monde in Paris as with the hawkers in Pandharpur. Born into a civilization which revels in pluralism, he retains the particular even as he amplifies the universal within. That is how he places Mariam beside Krishna, and turns 'The Night before Christmas' into an Indian parable.
Husain has a sense of humour. You can see it in all his work-from satire in some of his British Raj paintings to the mischief of his multi-mood ...

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