Maqbool Fida Husain
- Maqbool Fida Husain
- Untitled (Lady on a Chariot)
- Signed 'Husain / 1955' lower left
- Oil on canvas
- 71 by 53 cm. (28 by 20 ⅞ in.)
- Painted in 1955
Thence by descent.
In 1951, Dr. Hajek was put in charge of establishing a new collection of Asian Art, and he founded the Oriental Art collection at The National Gallery in Prague. He acquired 12,000 pieces and wrote numerous essays on these works. He invited and hosted Husain's subsequent visit to Prague in 1956.
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Lady on a Chariot demonstrates not only Husain’s fascination with toys but with his interest in the depiction of the rural idyll. In this painting the figures are set against a background that closely relates to that seen in Yatra, also painted in 1955 (illustrated in T. B. Keehn Family, India Ink: Letters from India 1953-61 by Martha McKee Keehn and The Keehn Collection of Modern Indian Art, New Delhi, 2000, p. 96) and currently on view at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. Both paintings are strikingly similar in composition and depict rural settlements scattered across the desert landcape of Rajasthan.