Maqbool Fida Husain, ‘Devi I’, 1961, Christie's South Asian + Chinese

Signature: signed in Hindi (upper right); bearing artist's label 'M.F. HUSAIN / 73, Warden Road / Bombay 26 / Title: DEVI I (one) / Year 1961 / Size 48" x 32"'; further bearing Kunika Art Center, New Delhi label (on the reverse)

S. S. Kapur, Husain, Lalit Kala Akedemi, New Delhi 1961, p. 3 (illustrated)

Formerly in the Collection of the Kunika-Chemould Art Center, New Delhi Saffronart, 6 December 2005, lot 8

Formerly from a Private Collection, United Kingdom

The Kunika Gallery was founded by the Rockefeller Foundation and Richard Bartholomew was its founding director. The center exclusively showed modern Indian art and later joined with Chemould Gallery, Bombay.

About Maqbool Fida Husain

A controversial artist known for narrative paintings done in a flat, Cubist style, Maqbool Fida Husain is regarded by some as the Picasso of India. A member of the Bombay Progressive Arts Group, Husain sought to create a modern Indian art form for the newly freed nation of India. Threatened and criticized by Hindu nationalist groups for his treatment of such sensitive subject matter as nude Hindu goddesses, the artist entered into a self-imposed exile. Self-taught, he painted Indian themes in the style of contemporary European artists, most notably Paul Klee. Husain’s depictions of historic figures, rural and urban Indian life, and religious iconography grew increasingly experimental over his lifetime, culminating with an unfinished series of triptychs, “Indian Civilization,” which pays tribute to Indian history and reveals Husain’s own personal mythology.

Indian, 1915-2011, Pandharpur, India, based in London, United Kingdom