London,June 9 (): Renowned artist MF Husain, whose paintings made waves and also stirred controversies, passed away in Royal Brompton Hospital on Thursday. He was 95.
Popularly known as MF, Maqbool Fida Husain was born on September 17, 1915 and was a winner of Padma Shree award, which is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India.
Crowned as the ‘Picasso of India’ by the Forbes magazine, Husain was a controversial artist. In 1996, few of his paintings garnered criticism as they were interpreted as anti-Hindu. Legal cases and death threats over the issue led him to a self-imposed exile from 2006 and he accepted Qatar citizenship in 2010.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1991. In 1971, Husain was a special invitee at the Sao Paulo Biennial.
Husain was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1986.
Husain became well-known as an artist in the late 1940s. His first solo exhibition was held at Zürich in 1952.
He made his first film – ‘Through The Eyes Of A Painter – in 1967 which won him a Golden Bear after it was presented at the Berlin Film Festival. Husain, who was the highest paid painter in India, fetched up to $2 million at a recent Christie’s auction through his single canvases.
He was a producer and director of few movies. He produced and directed Gaja Gamini with his muse Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri was the subject of a series of his paintings.
He made “Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities” featuring Tabu. His autobiography was made into a movie – The Making of the Painter. Shreyas Talpade played the young MF Husain in the film.
Husain also made it to the list of 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World. The list was issued by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Amman, Jordan.
In 2006, Husain was charged with hurting sentiments of people because of his nude portraits of Hindu gods and goddesses.
Husain’s house was attacked by Hindu groups in 1998 and his art works were vandalised.