PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE BADRIVISHAL PITTI
Oil on canvas laid on board
62 x 59 7/8 in. (157.5 x 151.8 cm.)
Signed in Devanagari and Urdu and dated '71' lower centre
Eight Commonwealth Artists, The Laing Annexe, Newcastle upon Tyne, 28 September - 14 October, 1973.
Eight Commonwealth Artists, Commonwealth Art Gallery, London, 17 January - 10 February, 1974.
Eight Commonwealth Artists, exhibition catalogue, Commonwealth Art Gallery, London, 1974, unpaginated, illustrated.
‘Husain is still the central figure. Stupendous energy, both physical and creative, and a superb talent for improvisation have kept him in the forefront of the movement. His output has been tremendous. But with a seemingly inexhaustible repertoire of imagery, he has at times repeated himself. One thing Husain has not done: he has not contradicted himself. Though poetic expressionism which seeks to work out a correlation between image and colour is the basic mode, there has been a palpable movement towards establishing fused relationships in the work of recent years. There has also been a marked movement towards a starker and more explicit form of symbolism…’ (Richard Bartholomew, ‘The Visual Arts Mature’, Times of India, August 15, 1972, reproduced in Richard Bartholomew, The Art Critic, New Delhi, 2012, p. 72)
About The Artist:
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (1913 - 2011)