The V&A is exhibiting the last of M.F. Husain’s paintings. As an artist, Husain was considered to be the master of modern Indian painting

The legacy of M.F Husain (1915-2011), the celebrated yet controversial artist known as the ‘Picasso of India’, continues with the first public showing of his final artworks at the South Kensington museum from 28 May-27 July.

M.F Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting will showcase the Indian Civilisation series, which Husain painted in isolation from 2008 until his death in June 2011. 

M.F Husain artist image

M.F Husain working on one of his compositions

Eight of the lavish paintings are triptychs and measure 12 feet wide by six feet high. The scenes portray India’s vibrant cities, Hindu festivals, iconic figures and historic events. The ninth artwork is a single painting of the Hindu god, Ganesha. 

The artist, who was also a printmaker and filmmaker, was noted for his famous works of Mother Teresa, Gandhi and prevalent Bollywood legends, as well as his depictions of rural and urban Indian life. His paintings, often caustic in tone, attracted much criticism from certain corners, most notably the Hindu community that responded angrily to a nude painting of the Hindu goddess Saraswati in 1996.

Despite this, Husain’s works have often sold for millions and he is now recognised as a master of cubist-inspired modern art. This is a rare opportunity to see him at his very best – do not miss.




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