M. F. Hassan

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Full NameMaqbool Fida Husain
Born17 September 1915
Place of BirthPandharpur, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died9 June 2011 (aged 95)
Place of DeathLondon, England
NationalityIndian (1915–2010), Qatari (2010–2011)
EducationSir J. J. School of Art
Known ForPainting
Notable Works“Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities”, “Through the Eyes of a Painter”
Art MovementBombay Progressive Artists’ Group
SpouseFazila Bibi (m. 1941; d. 1998)
Children6, including Owais Husain and Shamshad Hussain
AwardsPadma Bhushan (1973), Padma Vibhushan (1991), National Film Award for Best Experimental Film (1967)
ParliamentMember of Parliament Rajya Sabha (12 May 1986 – 11 May 1992)
Early CareerPainted cinema posters, worked for a toy company, painted billboards for Bollywood
Art StyleBold, vibrantly colored narrative paintings in a modified Cubist style
ThemesGandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British Raj, Indian urban and rural life
ControversiesNude portrayals of Hindu deities and Bharat Mata, legal issues for hurting religious sentiments, self-imposed exile from 2006 until death
CitizenshipAccepted Qatari citizenship in 2010
Significant AuctionIn September 2020, his painting “Voices” auctioned for $2.5 million
Filmography“Through the Eyes of a Painter” (1967), “Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities” (2004)

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