MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN |  UNTITLED (CHILDREN OF CALCUTTA)
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN |  UNTITLED (CHILDREN OF CALCUTTA)
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN |  UNTITLED (CHILDREN OF CALCUTTA)
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, LONDON

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN | UNTITLED (CHILDREN OF CALCUTTA)

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, LONDON

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN | UNTITLED (CHILDREN OF CALCUTTA)

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP
Lot sold:25,200GBP

Description

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, LONDON

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN

1913 - 2011

UNTITLED (CHILDREN OF CALCUTTA)


Oil on canvas

Signed 'Husain' lower right and inscribed in another hand 'Children of Calcutta / galerie' as well as several indistinct words and numbers on reverse

57.5 x 65 cm. (22 ⅝ x 25 ⅝ in.)

Painted circa 1970s

Condition Report

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Provenance

Acquired from a Canadian collector who had purchased it from an exhibition of Husain’s work in Gallery Esperanza, Montreal in the 1970s.

Sotheby's London, 6 October 2015, lot 105

Catalogue Note

This sensitive painting is a continuation of Maqbool Fida Husain's famous 'Mother Teresa' series. Here, a faceless woman is depicted in a white sari alongside an orphaned infant. The painting is not only a representation of the Mother and her mission but also recalls classical imagery of the Madonna and Child that could be interpreted as a commentary on the artist's relationship with his own mother. Yashodhara Dalmia comments, 'Husain's women are always enshrouded in an invisible veil, the simplicity of their form countered by their inaccessibility. They could well be women from his own childhood in a Muslim household, where the feminine presence alternates between the secretive and the visible. The suppressed yearning could be for his mother, who died when he was only two years old, leaving him feeling permanently bereft.' (Y. Dalmia, The Making of Modern Indian Art: The Progressives, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2001, p. 111).

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN |  UNTITLED (CHILDREN OF CALCUTTA)
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, LONDON
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN | UNTITLED (CHILDREN OF CALCUTTA)
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