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MF Husain passes away in London
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Thursday, 09 June 2011 16:33

Celebrated Indian artist MF Husain, who earned both fame and wrath for his paintings, died in London today after being unwell for over a month. He was 95.

Popularly known as MF and regarded as "Picasso of India", the artist breathed his last at the Royal Brompton Hospital at 2.30 am local time. Husain had been keeping "indifferent health" for the last one-and-a-half month, family sources told PTI.

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MF Husains works top London auction
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Thursday, 09 June 2011 11:44

Three paintings by M F Hussain topped a Bonham's auction here, going under the hammer for Rs 2.32 crore with an untitled oil work in which the legendary artist combines his iconic subject matters - horse and woman - fetching Rs 1.23 crore alone.

The auction house's Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art sale represented artists from eight countries - India, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Early Days Of M F Hussain
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Friday, 03 June 2011 15:56

Maqbool Fida Husain's mother, Zunaib, died in his infancy and his father, Fida, remarried and moved to Indore, where Husain went to school. He moved to Mumbai at age 20 when he was admitted to the J. J. School of Arts. He married in 1941. During his early days in Mumbai he earned money painting cinema hoarding--- one of the often-told stories about his early days. In Husain's own words:

We were paid barely four or six annas per square foot. That is, for a 6x10 feet canvas, we earned a few rupees. And apart from the New Theatre distributor, the others did not pay us at all. As soon as I earned a little bit I used to take off for Surat, Baroda and Ahmedabad to paint landscapes.

Given this bad pay, Husain tried other jobs as well. One of the best paying was a toy factory, where he designed and built fretwork toys.

 

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Husain, Raza art works at summer sale in London
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Monday, 30 May 2011 09:57

Paintings by MF Husain and SH Raza among other modern and contemporary artists figure among the highlights of Indian art in two upcoming summer sales abroad.

"The Sixth Seal" by Husain estimated at 500,000 pounds and exhibited at Oxford's Museum of Modern Art's 'India: Myth and Reality, Aspects of Modern Indian Art' in 1982, is up for bidding at Sotheby's South Asian modern and contemporary art sale scheduled on May 31 in London.

The oil on canvas signed in devnagiri painting formerly in the collection of Chester and Davida Herwitz, is made up of six vignettes - a compositional device used by the artist in a number of his early works, according to the auction house.

Likewise, a key lot by the artist who is currently a resident in Dubai and London, is going under the hammer at the Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in London on June 1.

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Indian Artist M.F. Hussain Bestowed With Qatar Citizenship
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Monday, 23 May 2011 10:27

The painter has recently been honoured with the Qatar citizenship by Dubai’s neighbouring country, Qatar. According to sources, Hussain did not apply for the citizenship but the Royal family of Qatar themselves conferred him with the citizenship. The artist wrote above a line sketch of a horse, "I, The Indian origin painter M.F. Hussain at 95 have been honoured by Qatar nationality."

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