Untitled, oil on canvas, signed in Devanagri lower left, further signed in English Husain on reverse, framed, 91.4 x 121.9cm (36 x 48in).
This work was executed in 1970.
Provenance: Private Collection; acquired in 1970 from Chawla Art Gallery, formerly known as Geeta Gallery, in the Oberoi Hotel, Delhi.
The trademark horses depicted by Husain have now become a vital part of Indian art history. After a visit to China in 1952, Husain studied the Sung Dynasty and the significant depiction of horses from Xu Beihong, the President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China. The galloping horses, inflicted with a sense of rage, power and fear began to grow in tandem with Husain's artistic visions. When he first began his illustrations of horses, his style was very much influenced by Chinese miniatures, which then developed further by his artistic education. In the 1970's, Husain's horses were infused with more vibrant colours that depicted a range of emotion and illustrated a new impressionistic style of art.