MF Husain passes away in London

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    LONDON: Legendary Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain, popularly known as 'Picasso of India' who earned both fame and wrath for his paintings, died here on Thursday at a hospital following over a month-long illness.

    He was 95. Husain breathed his last at 2.30am local time (0700 IST) at the Royal Brompton Hospital where he was admitted after being in "indifferent health" for the last one-and-a-half month, family sources told PTI.

    It was not immediately clear whether the artist, who was once a member of Rajya Sabha and had been decorated with nation's second highest award Padma Vibhushan, had any wish regarding his last rites.

    The family sources said that funeral arrangements for the celebrated painter are yet to be finalised.

    The painter, whose works fetched astronomical sums at the recent Bonham's auctions - the highest for any Indian artist, was living in self-exile since 2006 following a series of legal cases and death threats against him over his paintings depicting Hindu goddesses in nude.

    He accepted Qatari citizenship in 2010 after surrendering his Indian passport and till the last was reticent on whether he would return to his homeland.

    Born in Pandharpur in Maharashtra on September 17, 1915, Husain courted controversy over his paintings of Hindu goddesses. His paintings on goddesses Durga and Saraswati invited the wrath of Hindu groups which attacked his house in 1998 and vandalised his art works.

    In February 2006, Husain was charged with hurting sentiments of people because of his nude portraits of Hindu gods and goddesses.

    In the wake of legal challenges and death threats in his home country, Husain had been living abroad in self-imposed exile since 2006.

    As he had not responded to summons from a district court in Haridwar, his properties in India were attached as per court orders and a bailable warrant was issued against him by the court.

    Three of Husain paintings recently 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 combined his iconic subject matters -- horse and woman -- fetching Rs 1.23 crore alone.

    In 1952, Husain's first solo exhibition was held at Zürich and over the next few years, his work was widely seen in Europe and the US. In 1955, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shree. In 1967, he made his first film, Through the Eyes of a Painter. It was shown at the Berlin Film Festival and won a Golden Bear.

    Husain was a special invitee along with Pablo Picasso at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1971. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1986. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1991. Between 1990 and 2011 Husain went on to become the highest paid painter in India.

    He also produced and directed a few movies, including Gaja Gamini with his muse Madhuri Dixit who was the subject of a series of his paintings which he signed as Fida.

    Husain's film Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities was pulled out of movie theatres after some Muslim organisations raised objections to one of the songs in it. The All-India Ulema Council complained that the Qawwali song Noor-un-Ala-Noor was blasphemous. It argued that the song contained words directly taken from the Quran.

    The council was supported by Muslim organisations like the Milli Council, All-India Muslim Council, Raza Academy, Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind and Jamat-e-Islami.

    Husain's son stated that the words were a phrase referring to divine beauty that were being sung by the central character played by Tabu.

    He said there was no intention to offend. Following the wave of protests the enraged artist pulled off his movie from the theaters. The movie was well received by the critics, however, and went on to win various awards.

    Husain's autobiography was being made into a movie tentatively titled The Making of the Painter, starring Shreyas Talpade as the young Husain.

    His name has also been included in the list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, issued by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Amman, Jordan.

    Artist Pranava Prakash said, "Artists such as Husain and Raza sell because of their PR machinery, not because of their artistic merit."

    In the 1990s some of Husain's works became controversial because of their portrayal of Hindu deities in the nude. The paintings in question were created in 1970, but did not become an issue until 1996, when they were printed in Vichar Mimansa, a Hindi monthly magazine, which published them in an article headlined "M F Husain: A Painter or Butcher".

    In response, eight criminal complaints were filed against Husain.

    In 2004, the Delhi high court dismissed these complaints of "promoting enmity between different groups ... by painting Hindu goddesses -- Durga and Sarswati, that was later compromised by Hindus."

    In 1998 Husain's house was attacked by Hindu groups like Bajrang Dal and art works were vandalised. Protests against Husain also led to the closure of an exhibition in London, England.

    The artist left the country stating that "matters are so legally complicated that I have been advised not to return home". He used to live in London and Dubai.

    A recent Supreme Court order has suspended an arrest warrant for Husain.


    MF Husain passes away in London - The Times of India
     
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    Rest In Peace Sir! :pray:
     
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    There was no death threat. Of course, criminal cases were there. He was sure to be convicted, so ran away. He renounced Indian citizenship and acceped Qatari citizenship. A muslim in a muslim country. Enough. He has no more rights on India or in India. In fact he should have been stripped of his padma award too.
     
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    ^ He was the greatest Indian painter of this century who gave modern Indian art a reach as meteoric as it can ever get ! Please don't bring Hindu-Muslim equations into every damn discussion, this is a secular country and DFI is a secular forum

    I respect him for his contribution to India art, and hence I say that RIP, sir !
     
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    and what about nude portrayals of goddesses in temples ?

    will you break those temples too ?

    I do hate religious double standards.
     
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    Too bad he expired before resolving his differences with the people whose sentiments were hurt, but he was a great artist , regardless....
     
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    He was no an Indian citizen, I am unable to understand why people are bothered about his death.
     
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    You're being ignorant. The "nude painting hypocrisy" angle was put by the media.

    Draw Sita rubbing her genitals against Hanuman's tail and you don't expect some people to get pissed off ?
     
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    Another loser who tend to look down upon Hindu sentiments and that old hag thinks that everything he paints is justifiable under the garb of creativity if he was that creative i would love to see his creativity for his religion of peace...
     
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    People including Shaban Azami et al.
    No one has painted or sculptured Hindu gods naked in last 2 centuries. Hinduism has changed/evaluated its self for many genuine reasons….Open your eyes before ranting Kahjuraho blah blah blah….talk about this age ..different people, different age, different codes of conduct.

    There is no serious conflict of interest among different Hindus of different regions. They all have unsaid understanding of respecting each other's practices. No Hindu is shedding blood to enforce his religious ethics upon others. I mean to say that Hindus are happily practicing their religion without creating any ruckus. Hindu threshold not to protest is very very high and to as compare to many others following such revelation.

    What Mr. MF Hussein did was not something most of the Hindus appreciate. Having said that i am against violent protests and vandalism against any individual and firmly believe that law should be more effective to ensure safety of such artist. If law has failed to protect MF Husain's autonomy then one must curse the law not a religion by making stupid generalized comments about it.
     
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    I like MF Hussein the artist.

    My art work follows his free hand style.

    I think his religion based nudes were not all totally correct as a salute to a freedom of expression since lampooning religion, be it of Prophet Mohammed with a bomb as a turban or Indian goddesses in rather 'uncomfortable' poses does not quite behove decency.

    Art is not pornography. Nudes are painted in an aesthetic manner and not to titillate or as an attempt to co.ck a snoot!

    As far as nudes on the temples or why Muslims can marry four times, while one maybe well versed in religion, one may not be well versed in historical sociology. Hence, one has the itch to bluster with assumed piety.

    It is worth delving without prejudice as to why there are nudes on temple and why Muslims marry four times. Suffice it to say, that historical sociology would reveal the reason. Research and you shall find and I will not give it on a platter for the lazy, since anything given without labour or given free does not have value and is soon forgotten. If you hunt for it and then learn, you will never forget it.

    Can we transplant that historical sociology to present times? The short answer is - No!
     
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    Ray, he was a famous, but not a great persons. Great ones have humility. If he was great he should have apologised and put the matter at rest. But no, he wanted to insult Hindus, as naskedness is insulting, thus spake MFH.

    Why did he withdraw his film Meenaxi in face of muslim protests? If he had the courage, he would have not have withdrawn it. But then there could have been a bounty on his head.
     
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    GPM,

    Labels are not important since they are mere opinions of some - Great, greater, greatest. Who is to judge? Hence, labels are not important in my opinion.

    I said I liked his art. It is my opinion. It is not the last word and I don't think it can be either.

    As far as Hussein the man, he has all the human foibles as anyone else. There is nothing to applaud his acts, the one mentioned by you, either.

    For instance on the issue of great, greater and greatest, there are many who think Tendulkar deserves a Bharat Ratna. I don't. As it is the awards have been made cheap. He is an excellent cricketer, but then how is Tenzing's feat of being the first to climb Mt Everest any less in putting India on the map of the world forever? What about Col Kumar, whose reconnoitring of Siachen led to India holding a ridgeline that prevents China from linking up Shaksgam with Aksai Chin? If Tendulkar was that great a chap, then he should have given his personal money for charity like Salman Khan and not give items signed by him for auction. You have to share your wealth to be magnanimous and not bats and balls, duly signed, which you have never used. So, greatness is in the eyes of the beholder.

    Same is my opinion of the Policemen killed in Mumbai carnage being given Ashoka Chakra. What exact act of valour did they do? Dying is not an act of valour. Like that so many are dying and with actual acts of valour against the terrorists in Kashmir. Are they being dished out Ashoke Chakras as if there was no tomorrow?
     
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    Well said, Sir !!! There are different parameters to judge an individual's greatness according to every human being, and opinions will always vary, but that doesn't mean that you would turn a blind eye to a person's positive contributions and concentrate only on the negative ones. You can criticize the negative aspects, and you are right in doing so, but at least have the rationale to respect the positive aspects.
     
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    You remember, do you, the incident of a school book showing Jesus with a beer. Mind you, he drank wine, stronger than beer, like water. But there was so much halla gulla. The school principal, printer and publisher were arrested and bail was denied to them till they approached high court.

    Yahan to gaj pura 16 girah ka tha. Here the yard was of 16 girah. Why oh why should it be of 12 girah for MFH? Just because MFH is a "great" artist? And those others were not great enough? MFH was rich enough to run away and settle abroad, others were not. Good criteria??
     
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    THROUGH THE LENS, DARKLY

    - Husain’s death challenges all who felt diminished by his exile

    THE THIN EDGE - RUCHIR JOSHI

    Maqbool Fida Husain, the famous Indian painter and major cultural figure, has died at the age of 95 in a hospital in London. By almost any measure, M.F. Husain’s life makes a long and happy story. First of all, there is the classic rags to riches graph: a man of modest means, a painter of cinema hoardings with a facility for drawing, makes it to the most exalted art circles in the country and then in the world. After an early life of struggle, Husain starts painting modern art and is discovered, then collected, and then, across the larger part of his life — for over half a century — lionized (in India at least) as a great artist. Once he starts selling his work, he never ever sees the price of his paintings dive, the worst that happens is a kind of mid-career price-plateau but that plateau flattens out at a very high altitude of money. In the last two decades of his life, the price of his work, and consequently his fame, rise yet again as the value and desirability of Indian art are driven up by newly rich NRI collectors and the surge of international excitement around Indian art in general. From the time he’s in his mid-thirties, Husain and his near and dear ones never go hungry, from the time he’s in his forties, he remains among the two or three wealthiest painters in India if not the richest. He never lacks for paint and canvas, he never lacks for opportunities to paint and show publicly, he never lacks for collectors and admirers and worshipful friends. In a young nation that habitually churns its artists into mince-meat, M.F. Husain is one of those rare kalakars who is able to earn a very good living and ‘name and fame’ while being able to work freely and constantly over a very long period of time. It’s all good, except, of course, for the last bit of the story........

    Look at the story another way, paint the portrait from a different angle perhaps, and this time find the flaws. Though he was possibly the nicest person among the Progressive Artists Group, Husain was also perhaps the one with the least talent and originality. Most of Husain’s work is hugely derivative of the Picasso of the 1930s, with a sprinkling of Matissisms and, in the later period, some tricks of the kind favoured by mid-level magazine illustrators. Husain became successful in a fledgling Indian art market that needed legible modern art that was both ‘Indianized’ in its subject matter yet legitimized by its close kinship to Picasso and other established Western artists. Just as arty Indians, critics, gallerists and collectors needed to recognize themselves in the large mirror- canvas of International art, so did the Euro-American art world need Third World artists who were clearly paying an open and ongoing tithe to the modern Western canon. Husain received clear, early licences from both these groups.

    Once MF stumbled upon a formula that worked (from the early horses that cantered straight over into his pictures from Guernica), he never ventured too far from it. Husain avoided risks, creatively or politically. As his reputation was cemented, Husain became a court-painter to the rich and powerful, in one notable instance making sycophantic paintings of Indira Gandhi during the Emergency, and then piggy-backing on other already built ‘brands’ such as Mother Teresa or the characters from the films of Satyajit Ray. From the interesting 1967 experimentation of Through the Eyes of a Painter, Husain descended into the shallow showmanship of painting in ‘jugalbandi’ with classical musicians as they performed, and then the terrible, fawning ‘film-works’ with Madhuri Dixit and Tabu. In his early eighties, a smooth exit seemed to lie ahead of Husain at the end of a career that was far more interesting for the art market phenomenon it helped create than the art it produced. The paeans and tributes were already written and ready in the drawers of newspapers’ Obit desks, with the typically lazy comparisons and labels including ‘India’s Picasso’ and ‘India’s Greatest Painter’. Though one might have felt happy for a full, rich life concluded by a good man who didn’t harm too many people in his time, it would all have been pretty uninteresting. Except that the last, unexpected chapter kicked in around 1996.


    Read more at: Through the lens, darkly
     
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    Stop throwing around personal insults.

    His intentions may not be purely artistic but can you deny that claim that there are no nude portrays in temples ?

    I dont favour any religion...you can see my posts in this forum or ask another member who's been active.
     
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    JBH has not insulted you or any other member here.

    His art about those nudes was not creativity. Did his creativity dry when he painted his mother fully clad? Or when he painted Khadija all covered in modesty.

    Don't talk of temple art if you do not know about. Deities inside the temples are covered. Outside no deities are made in nude. But he delighted in insulting Hindus. Could he not apologise and withdraw those paintings? After he did succumb to pressure of muslim and withdrew his film Meenaxi, did he not?
     
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    Here is a painting.

    Hope you like it.
     

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    There's a difference between nudity and vulgar isn't it????

    To some religion is the Opium of the People and this warrants their arrogance...
     

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