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UNTITLED (KHAJURAHO SERIES)

UNTITLED (KHAJURAHO SERIES)

Item Description:

Pastel on paper

1969

29 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (74.9 x 49.5 cm.)

Signed in Devanagari and Urdu and dated ''69' upper right

PROVENANCE:

Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.

Husain says of his drawings: 'Drawing is a form of thinking. In my drawing, I write images and concentrate on the way the whole moves from one thought to another.' (As told to Dr. Daniel Herwitz, Husain, Mumbai, 1988, p. 20)



After Husain and his friend F.N. Souza visited the India Independence Exhibition at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1947, both of them were extremely inspired by the classical Indian sculptural forms they had the opportunity to see. In particular, Central Indian sculpture made a lasting impression on Husain, and he visited Khajuraho in the 1950s to understand the temple sculpture of the Chandela dynasty (950-1150 AD) and further his understanding of the forms.



He began a series of drawings inspired by Khajuraho soon after. The high-relief sculptures of the temple have been pared down to line drawings that are simple yet powerful. The drawings are linear, with clean, fluid lines that are geometric and angular in shape. Although Husain's initial group of drawings are from the 1950s, he frequently revisited the subject as both the sculpture and their ornamentation left a lasting impression on the artist.

Condition:

The paper tones of the original are lighter than they appear in the catalogue illustration. There are minor spots of staining scattered around the figure, which are partially visible in the catalogue illustration. Square patches of tape to the reverse have left stains at the extreme corners of the work which are not visible in the catalogue illustration. The work was originally folded and the vertical and horizontal creases remain visible in the paper, which are faintly visible in the catalogue illustration. Further minor creases along the upper left and right edges, are not visible on the catalogue illustration, and further minor creases along the borders of the paper, not visible in the catalogue illustration. Overall fair condition.

About The Artist:

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (1913-2011)

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