MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN | Untitled (Mudra)
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN | Untitled (Mudra)
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN | Untitled (Mudra)
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN | Untitled (Mudra)
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN | Untitled (Mudra)
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF A FORMER GREEK AMBASSADOR TO INDIA

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN | Untitled (Mudra)

Estimate: 120,000 - 180,000 GBP

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF A FORMER GREEK AMBASSADOR TO INDIA

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN | Untitled (Mudra)

Estimate: 120,000 - 180,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN

1913 - 2011

Untitled (Mudra)


Oil on canvas

Signed in Urdu and Devanagari lower right

77 x 127 cm. (30 ¼ x 50 in.)

Painted circa 1970

Condition Report

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Acquired from the Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi, 1970

The current owner lived in New Delhi in India from 1970-1973 as the wife of the Greek Ambassador. They were given lodgings at the Oberoi where the walls were bare. Charmed by Husain's paintings that were being sold at the hotel, she bought three works, all different in style and subject matter.

Catalogue Note

‘Some of Husain’s symbols are drawn from folk art and are traditional. His manner of using them, however, while retaining the original impulses, takes them beyond their original simple meanings. The human hand for instance, an expressive symbol in Indian dance, recurs frequently in Husain’s paintings. It is usually given an independent life, almost separate from the body to which it belongs. It occurs with mystical markings on the palm, is lightly made, sometimes deeply shadowed, enclosed as though upon a secret.’ (S. Kapur, Husain, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1961, p. vii)


In many of his works Maqbool Fida Husain draws postures and hand gestures from classical Indian sculpture and dance. One such gesture was a mudra, a pose typically performed with the fingers and hands, and one which was reworked to become a personal symbol for the artist. The multiple hand gestures in the current lot appear to be adaptations of the prana mudra, a symbol of healing in the Indian yogic tradition. Prana is also associated with the sun and so the cobalt circle is symbolic of the sun and its the life-giving forces. 

Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art
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