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Charlie Chaplin (The Gold Rush)

Charlie Chaplin (The Gold Rush)

Item Description:

Pencil and watercolour on paper

22 ¼ x 35 ¼ in. (56 x 89.5 cm.)

Signed 'Husain' lower right


Husain was a great admirer of the work of Charlie Chaplin. The current work takes direct inspiration from a 1925 Chaplin movie. Titled The Gold Rush, the movie shows a starving Charlie Chaplin, who in a desperate move motivated by hunger, decides to cook his own shoe, place it on a plate and then proceeds to eat it with a fork and a knife. A concept bordering on the absurd no doubt; but a powerful satirical statement on the ironies of life. There is an underlying melancholy to the entire scene that probably resonated deeply with Husain given his own experiences growing up and his deep appreciation for intellectual and creative minds. It has perhaps an even more deeply ironic meaning, as Husain himself was known for not wearing shoes for most of his adult life.

About The Artist:

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (1913 - 2011)

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