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Maqbool Fida Husain 1913 – 2011

Untitled (Mother Teresa Figures with Children and Lamb)

2000 signed and dated ‘Husain/2000’
Acrylic and oil on canvas 107 x 152cm.

Photo: Copyright The Estate of MF Husain Courtesy Stellar International Art Foundation

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Mother Teresa first appeared in M.F. Husain’s paintings in 1980. After winning both the Noble Peace Prize in 1979 and the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest national service award in 1980, Husain’s fascination with her strong public image, character, and profound influence on the artist’s life and work has been demonstrated by the numerous canvases dedicated to her since then.

The artist recalls:

“I have tried to capture in my paintings what her presence meant to the destitute and the dying, the light and hope she brought by mere inquiry, by putting her hand over a child abandoned in a street.”

(M. F. Husain quoted in Y. Dalmia, The Making of Modern Indian Art: The Progressives, New York, 2001, p. 116).

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