Today marks the seventh death anniversary of the legendary artist of modern art Maqbool Fida Husain who is popularly known as M. F. Husain. This internationally acclaimed painter who is known as Indian Picasso died in London on this day in 2011. This eminent personality and the pioneer of India`s post-independence art and culture, was born on 17 September 1915 in Pandharpur, Bombay Presidency of British India.
From childhood, Fida used to paint whatever he observed. His journey to art was not very easy. He studied at Sir J. J. School of Art. For purchase of painting equipment, he painted movie poster, wrote the signboard. He used a garage as his studio for a long time. But adversities could not manage to stop him chasing his dreams.
Maqbool Fida Husain was distinct from his contemporary artists, because he did not withhold himself in color-brush-canvas. Various mediums of art become enlightened with the spectrum of his talent. Maqbool Fida was poet, sculptor, home-designer and artist. Like Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, he also brought diversity in Indian painting. He interconnected the traditional Indian art with the European ‘Cubism’. Through this Maqbool Fida becomes the synonymous with the modern Indian painting.
Fida was deprived of maternal love. Perhaps for this reason, impersonation of mother figure can be found in his paintings. Among his numerous paintings, `Between the Spider and the Lamp`, `Lady with Veena`, `Ganesh`, `Mother Teresa`, `Mother India` are notable.
He has been honored with various prestigious awards including the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan of the Indian government. Again, the controversy was a companion to his lifetime. In the `70s, he was criticized for his paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses. Besides, he had to leave his home country for `Mother India` painting in 2006.
Maqbool Fida Husain is an artist who has not only been known by his own work all over the world, but his entire life also has conveyed the history of his brave courage. He has been able to accomplish the journey which is the most desirable to an artist. He is not just an artist, he is also a warrior.
The patriotic artist, who has established India`s name in the world of modern art, had to die far from his homeland. As an artist, it is his misfortune and disgrace for India. On his death anniversary, we remember him with reverence.