M.F. Hussain, or Maqbool Fida Hussain, was born on 17th September 1915 in Pandharpur town of Maharashtra. He is one of the most famous artists of India, both at the national as well as the international level. So huge is the popularity of his paintings, that Maqbool Fida Hussein was once called as the 'Picasso of India' by the Forbes magazine. In the following lines, we have thrown some more light on the biography and life history of the great artist:
M.F. Hussain lost his mother when he was only one and a half years old.
Some time later, his father remarried and moved to the Indore city,
where Maqbool completed his schooling. He moved to Bombay (now Mumbai)
in 1935 and took admission into Sir J. J. School of Art. MF Hussain
started his painting career as a painter of cinema hoardings. It was
only in the 1940s that his work started getting some recognition. In the
year 1947, he joined the Progressive Artist's Group, which was founded
by Francis Newton Souza.
Slowly and gradually, Hussain climbed the ladder of success to become
one of the highest paid painters of India. Recently, a single canvas of
MF Hussain fetched 2 million dollars at a Christie's auction. Some time
back, Hussain started directing and producing movies also. His movies
include Gaja Gamini (with Madhuri Dixit) and Meenaxi: A Tale of Three
Cities (with Tabu). His film 'Through the Eyes of a Painter' was shown
at the Berlin Film Festival and won a Golden Bear also. The
autobiography of M.F. Hussain is being made into a movie, which has been
tentatively titled as 'The Making of the Painter'.
The first solo exhibition of M.F. Hussein was held at Zurich in the
year 1952. Over the next few years, his paintings were widely
appreciated in Europe and USA. In 1966, the Government of India awarded
him the prestigious Padma Shree. He has also been awarded the Padma
Bhushan. The Government of India also appointed Maqbool Fida Hussein to
a term in the Rajya Sabha, in recognition of his contribution to art.