Maqbool Fida Husain (India, born 1915) Untitled,
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Maqbool Fida Husain (India, born 1915) Untitled,
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Maqbool Fida Husain (India, born 1915)
Untitled, oil on canvas, signed in Devanagari upper left, framed, 127.5 x 76cm (50 3/16 x 29 15/16in).


  • Provenance:
    Private collection, Greece; acquired from a gallery in Delhi in the early 1970s.

    The subject-matter of this work is a semi-abstract female figure familiar from much of Husain's work. As for the spinning-wheel, it is tempting to suggest a symbolic function, but as Husain himself commented enigmatically to Bartholomew: 'They have no extra-pictorial significance, as images [...] They may be symbolic if the particular relationship is effective - because two images when placed together act upon each other. The symbol then derives its life from the energy released.' (R. Bartholomew and S. S. Kapur, Husain, New York 1971, p. 21).
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