Maqbool Fida Husain (India, 1915-2011) Walk on Earth,
Lot 366
Maqbool Fida Husain
(India, 1915-2011)
Walk on Earth,
Sold for £69,700 (US$ 112,830) inc. premium

Lot Details
Maqbool Fida Husain (India, 1915-2011)
Walk on Earth, acrylic on canvas, title Walk on Earth in Arabic on centre left, signed in Arabic and English on upper right, framed, 110.5 x 58.6cm (43 1/2 x 23 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Private Collection, France; acquired in Zurich.

    This artwork was executed in 1983.

    M.F Husain travelled extensively throughout his lifetime and allowed for the influence of the cultures he experienced to consistently inspire him in his art. In the 1950s, Husain travelled to China, where he encountered the forms and themes that would lead him to create his now-legendary horse figures. As a Muslim, Husain frequently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan, where he was heavily influenced by calligraphy, architecture, mosaics and most importantly, his faith of Islam.

    This particular piece Walk on Earth embraces all of these factors. In the Qu'ran, it states "Do not walk pompously or arrogantly about the earth; you cannot break it open, nor match the mountains in height." Husain's title embodies this sentiment and the feel of the piece, with the colours and textures he has used on the horses, particularly the green - the colour of Islam - and blue horse to the far right.
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