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Maqbool Fida Husain

Maqbool Fida Husain migrated to Mumbai in 1937 and began painting cinema hoardings to support himself. It was the monumental scale and urgency of execution of these hoardings that was to influence his subsequent works. Maqbool Fida Husain's style is an amalgam of Western style and Indian imagery, his brushwork is spontaneous with a forceful, expressionistic line that enlivens the simplified, apparently accidental motifs, such as the horse and the landscape. He also has a flair for using evocative colour passages that "run" in interrupted spurts throughout the painting. His images are typically Indian, relying on the sensuous grace of traditional Indian sculpture, the vibrancy of folk art and the colours of Indian miniature painting. His themes range from the village and pastoral life and Indian mythology in the early days to personalities like Mother Teresa, film actress Madhuri Dixit and goddesses like DURGA, KALI and SARASVATI. Later he began painting several epic-scale subjects, including the "Theorama" based on the religions of the world, the RAMAYANA and the MAHABHARATA. He has worked with post-modernistic techniques, using the computer to create paintings and done an installation "Svetambari" at the JAG. He has also painted large canvases in a "Jugalbandi" (duet) with Indian classical musicians. Some of his works have been in the form of serigraphs. Maqbool Fida Husain has worked on a wide range of media, including oil on canvas, silk screening, Mylar (polyester) paper, watercolours drawings using Chinese ink and other material.

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