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M. F. Husain (1913 - 2011)

Artist M. F. Husain M. F. Husain was born in 1915 in Sulemani Bohra Community in Pandharpur. At Sidhpur, Gujarat he learnt to read & writes Urdu. The geometric forms of KUFIC calligraphy attracted him and that was the source of angularity in his figures and forms. During his stay at Madras and Baroda, he came to know the Mohram procession. The forms of Panja and form of Mare (Ghodi) as a symbol of Mohammed and men with mask of tigers with yellow strips painted on their body, which are symbol of Ali, the son of Mohammed. At Indore he got the gold medal in annual show which proved to be inspiration in late life. He came to Mumbai at the age of 20 which were struggling days for him. In 1946, he won the prize of Bombay Art Society. After joining Progressive group he started painting figurative using bold colours & distracted lines, flat application & forceful drawing was his specialty seen in these works.

In 1950s he saw Mathura sculptures and Khajuraho and this made impact on female figures in his paintings. Basoli Paintings was another source of his paintings where hot and bright colours are used with flat application on large areas. Since he was born in a village Pandharpur he was always got attracted to village life and folk art. In his series of Kerala Experience we see the paintings on folk art and simplification was the main basic thing in these paintings. In 1955 his painting ‘Jhamin’ won National award of Lalit Kala. During 1954 to 1961 he got international recognition.

He was the painter of the Indian people. Art critics also appreciated his works. He has always tried to bridge over the gap between old and new.


  • Horse IV, print by M. F. Husain
  • Theorama - Sikhism, print by M. F. Husain
  • British Raj, print by M. F. Husain
  • Princely - Jaisalmer, print by M. F. Husain