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Available at Live Auction:Taj Art Gallery, The Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder Mumbai
By invitation only

About the Artwork

1915 - 2011


Watercolour on paper
20 x 14 in
Provenance: Important collection, Mumbai
Exhibited at Pundole Art Gallery 19th to 31st March, 1980
Rs. 5,00,000 - 7,00,000


Maqbool Fida Husain is arguably India's most well-known modern artist, a household name whose long life and career reflect the nation’s successes and tribulations. The figure of Mother Teresa has appeared repeatedly in his work, beginning in 1980, the year this watercolour was painted and exhibited at the Pundole Art Gallery in Mumbai. Rendered in his signature angular lines, the contours of the kneeling saint with her flowing habit and hand upheld in blessing recounts images of the Madonna in European painting. The references and subjects of Husain's work are diverse and multi-faceted, guided by his deep curiosity and relentless engagement with both history and contemporary life. He expressed a desire to engage with the largest possible audience through the media and themes he chose to work with.

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M. F. Husain was born in Maharashtra and learnt the art of calligraphy at an early age. A self-taught artist, he began his career by painting cinema posters and hoardings in Mumbai. In 1948, he was invited by F. N. Souza to become a member of the Progressive Artists' Group. By 1955, he had become one of India's leading artists and had been awarded the Padma Shri. Husain was known for his experimentation with new art forms. He was a special invitee along with Pablo Picasso at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1971. He held numerous shows in India and abroad. He was later awarded the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. He passed away in 2011.