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M. F. Husain

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MF Husain
Maqbool Fida Husain

(1915-09-17)17 September 1915
Died9 June 2011(2011-06-09) (aged 95)
NationalityIndian (1915–2010)
Qatari (2010–2011)[1]
EducationSir J. J. School of Art
Known forPainting, Drawing, Writer, Film Maker
Notable workMeenaxi a tale of three cities
Through the eyes of a painter
MovementProgressive Art Group
AwardsPadma Shri (1966)
Padma Bhushan (1973)
Padma Vibhushan (1991)

Maqbool Fida Husain (17 September 1915 – 9 June 2011;[2] Urdu: مقبول فدا حسین) commonly known as MF Husain, was a modern Indian painter. He was a founding member of The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay (PAG). He is thought to be one of the greatest painters of India.[2]

M. F. Husain died, aged 95, on 9 June 2011, following a heart attack. He had been unwell for several months.[3] He died at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and was buried in Brookwood Cemetery on 10 June 2011.[4]

Despite his acclaim, Husain faced significant controversy, especially later in his life, due to his unorthodox depictions of Hindu deities, which some found offensive. This led to legal challenges and threats in India, and Husain lived in self-imposed exile for the latter part of his life, spending time in countries like Qatar and the United Kingdom.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ram, N. (25 February 2010). "M.F. Husain gets Qatar nationality". The Hindu.
  2. 2.0 2.1 William Grimes (9 June 2011). "Maqbool Fida Husain, also , India's Most Famous Painter, Dies at 95". The New York Times.
  3. "India's most highly prized artist MF Husain dies aged 95". BBC News. 9 June 2011.
  4. Elliott, John (9 June 2011). "MF Husain dies – lauded in exile by India's artistic fraternity". The Independent. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  5. "M.F. Husain | Modernist, Painter, Printmaker | Britannica". www.britannica.com. 2024-03-12. Retrieved 2024-03-21.