Maqbool Fida Husain – Untitled (Seated Figure with Bird)
Oil on canvas,
Signed in Devanagari upper right and inscribed ‘M. F. Husain 1959’ on reverse
30 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (77.5 x 52.1 cm.)
Maqbool Fida Husain (1913 – 2011) is often referred to as the Picasso of the Indian contemporary world and has a huge following among collectors around the world.
The canvas is dated to 1959 making it an early period work. Paintings from the late 1950s to the early 1970s represent the most sought after period from Husain’s career.
It is from a well known series of paintings from the late 50s and early 60s in which women are the central protagonists. These early paintings of females are one of the most critically acclaimed subjects from Husain’s entire career.
Specifically the subject of a woman seated with a bird draws from classical Indian painting traditions, but in this painting it is treated by Husain in a new modernist idiom that is characteristic of his most iconic and mature style of painting.
It is a tightly controlled composition with thick brush stokes and bold confident lines which has remained in pristine condition.