Here Are Some Of The Interesting Things You Must Know About M.F. Husain, The Picasso Of India!

Aditi Gupta

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September 17 , 2015

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The epitome of contemporary Indian art, Maqbool Fida Husain is one of the eminent artists India has ever produced. He was not just a brilliant painter but a great photographer and a filmmaker too. The Forbes magazine honoured him by giving the title of ‘Picasso of India’ for his wide repertoire works of art. He beautifully blended the classical Indian art with the modern world and presented paintings in a very abstract form. The maestro died in 2011, when he was 95 and today on his 100th birthday, we present to you some of the interesting things which you probably didn’t know before.





 

1. 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.”




2. In 10 decades of his career, he has produced more than 45,000 paintings and made films like ‘Through the eyes of a painter’, ‘Gaja Gamini’, ‘Meenaxi: A tale of three cities' and ‘Pehla Sitara’.


3. He was so charmed by Bollywood beauty Madhuri Dixit that he watched ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ for 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.





4. There were more than 900 court cases on him for his controversial paintings on naked Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Here are some of his controversial Paintings:


5. He never did a professional course to learn painting. He said, 'It’s a gift of God but I observe the world with a child’s eye’.

6. He was inspired by the works of the great artists like Pablo Picasso and Rembrandt.


7. Jamia Millia Islamia University’s famous M.F. Husain Art Gallery was named after him.


8. He spent his last 5 years in Qatar, where he received Qatar citizenship. The prime reason to leave India was lack of freedom of expression, though M.F. Husain denied this and said that he had not fled from India.




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