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M. F. Husain

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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Painters
Residence: Pandharpur
Country: Indian
BirthDay: 17 September 1915
Sigh: Libra
Died On: June 9, 2011
Education: Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art

M. F. Husain was bornon 17 September 1915 in Pandharpur, Indian, is Painter. M. F. Husain was a 20th century Indian painter and a founding member of The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay (PAG). Often referred to as the "Picasso of India”, he was a much acclaimed artist in the international scenario and the best known Indian artist of the 20th century. Even though he worked primarily as a painter, he was also known for his drawings and his work as a printmaker, photographer, and filmmaker. Born in British India, he developed an early interest in art and learned the art of calligraphy and practiced the Kulfic khat with its geometric forms. A primarily self-taught man, he began his career painting graphic advertisements and posters for Bollywood movies. He also designed and made toys early on in his career. Indian independence and the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 was a turning point in his life. He started getting recognition for his work during this time and also became acquainted with other like-minded artists with who he formed the Progressive Artist's Group in Bombay. A versatile artist, the topics of his works covered diverse themes such as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British Raj, and motifs of Indian urban and rural life. Some of his later works, depicting Hindu deities stirred controversies, and he went on a self-imposed exile.


Husain died on 9 June 2011, in London, England, after suffering from ill health for several months


He was offered citizenship by Qatar in 2010 which he accepted


In 2006, he was charged with "hurting sentiments of people" because of his nude portraits of Hindu deities, and there were hundreds of lawsuits in connection with his allegedly obscene art


His painting of Mother India as a nude woman also kindled considerable controversy and his film ‘Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities’ (2004) enraged certain Muslim organizations like the Milli Council, All-India Muslim Council, and Raza Academy


His house was attacked by Hindu fundamentalist groups like Bajrang Dal and his art works were vandalized in 1998


In the 1990s, controversies related to his paintings began to crop up


Some of the major works he painted are ‘Vishwamitra’ (1973), and ‘Passage Through Human Space’, a series of 45 watercolors which he completed in the mid-1970s


A few years later, he was a special invitee at the Sao Paulo Biennial (Brazil) in 1971 which was also attended by Pablo Picasso


A prolific artist, he created many memorable paintings throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and also made several films


He ventured into film-making and made his first film, ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’ in 1967, which was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival


During the early 1950s he went to Europe for the first time and did a barefoot grand tour


The political chaos and violence following the independence of India proved to the catalyst that led to the forming The Progressive Artist's Group in Bombay in December, 1947


Husain moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1935 with the dream of becoming an artist


Maqbool Fida Husain was born on 17 September 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, India, to Zunaib and Fida Husain who hailed from a Sulaymani Bohra family

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