Mother of Inspiration by M.F.Husain Paintings

  • Shahed Pasha Art Critic
Keywords: Maqbool Fida Husain, Mother Teresa Paintings, Contemporary Indian Artist, Zameen, Gajgamini


M.F. Husain one of the most recognizable figures of contemporary Indian art. His rise as a public figure has as much to do with his style and presentation, as it does with his themes. He depicts the icons of Indian culture, through the ages, seeking to capture the quintessence of his subjects, like Mother Teresa and the characters of epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata. 


Husain began his career by painting billboards for feature films and making furniture designs and toys, to earn a living. When he did take up painting as an art form, however, he returned time and again to his roots, and to themes that blended folk, tribal and mythological art to create vibrantly contemporary, living art forms. In his paintings, especially in the magisterial `Theorama' series of the mid-1990s, he has set their values of peace, self-knowledge and self-restraint against the more sordid human conditions of hatred and violence. The flesh-and-blood woman that Mother Teresa is, is not at all there in Husain’s paintings and drawings. The blue-bordered coarse-cotton white saree that she dons in the way all poor mothers of India would more or less like to wear, signals her presence. This simple innovation at once transforms an individual mother to the universal Mother. The saree wrapped as if around an insubstantial woman becomes a symbol of motherhood.


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