Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art / Iqbal Hussain (Pakistani, B. 1950) Untitled (Woman in a burqa)
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Acquired by the vendor from a Pakistani Art Gallery.
For another work depicting women, sold at auction, see Sotheby's, Contemporary Indian and South Asian Paintings, London, 17th June 1998, lot 11.
Although Hussain is most well known for his portraits of women, he is equally adept at painting landscapes and still life's as can be seen in the other lot in this collection. Husain is often termed a controversial painter as the models for his works are the prostitutes and dancing girls of Lahore. His women, as seen in the present lot are depicted as they appear in real life, fully clothed and sitting, and often with a resigned look in their eyes. The black background heightens the darkness and despair, and its almost as though the woman is receding into the background. Hussain's works have been exhibited in various shows, some of which include the 1983 Asian Biennial Dacca, Bangladesh, the 1986 International Exhibition in Seoul, London, Paris and Brussels and the 2003 show at World Bank Building, Islamabad, Pakistan. A retrospective was held for his works in 2018, at Tanzara Gallery in Pakistan, where the collection of the former World Bank Pakistan country director, John Wall was displayed; Wall is a patron of the artist.