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Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art / Maqbool Fida Husain (Indian, 1913-2011) Untitled (Figures under a parasol)

Lot 23
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Maqbool Fida Husain
(Indian, 1913-2011)
Untitled (Figures under a parasol)
24 May 2022, 13:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

£12,000 - £18,000

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Maqbool Fida Husain (Indian, 1913-2011)

Untitled (Figures under a parasol)
signed in Devanagiri upper left
Mixed media on paper
42 x 73.8cm (16 9/16 x 29 1/16in).

Footnotes

Provenance
Sotheby's, Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art - Including Indian Miniature Paintings, London, 8th June 2012, lot 44;
Acquired by the vendor from the above.

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For a similar work made using strong black lines, see Sotheby's, Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art, New York, 21st March 2022, lot 21

The work in the present lot has a rawness to it, with the seemingly jagged lines, that appear to have been painted in a hurry. The work perhaps illustrates the influence of Erich Heckel and the other Die Brücke artists, who were interested in primitivist art and expressing extreme emotion through a drawing technique that was crude. The figures in this lot are faceless and genderless. With Husain's sponge like ability to absorb and subsequently comment on various instances and events, it would not be surprising if this work was deliberately created to comment on the political and social milieu of the time it was created.

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