Maqbool Fida Husain (17 September 1915 – 9 June 2011)
Often referred as Picasso of India, M. F Hussain is the most celebrated & internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century.He was known for his cubist style of painting, and specialized in depicting Indian subjects with a Westernized touch.
Did you know that …
1..His artistic journey started with calligraphy.
2..He apprenticed under a tailor, and then as draftsman; as he performed quite miserably under the set up of formal education.
3..He joined JJ School of Arts in 1935.
4..Initially earning a sparse living by painting cinema hoardings, M F Hussain started working at a toy factory, where he was engaged in designing and building fretwork toys.
5..He is known to have painted more than 60,000 paintings, and has also made films namely “Through The Eyes of a Painter” (1967), “Gaja Gamini” (2000) for his muse Madhuri Dixit, “Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities” (2004), and “Pehla Sitara” (2012). His first film ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’ received critical acclaim, and bagged the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
6..In 1971, he was invited to the historic Sao Paulo Biennial, alongside the legendary Pablo Picasso. In 1973, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Vibhushan in 1989.
7..M.F. Husain never wore shoes. He said, “It’s good for my knees, which means I can sit on the floor and paint for four or five hours.”
8..He was so charmed by Bollywood beauty Madhuri Dixit that he watched ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ 67 times, and booked an entire theatre to see her movie ‘Aaja Nachle’. He also appeared in a scene in the film ‘Mohabbat’ starring Madhuri Dixit. She was the subject of a series of his paintings signed ‘Fida’.