Maqbool Fida Husain, known as M.F. Husain (1915-2011), was one of India’s most eminent and prolific artists. Often described as India’s Picasso, MF Husain is one of my favourite Indian artists. He is one of a group of Indian artists known as the Great Masters and they are indeed great, possessing a quality and perspective yet unmatched by generations of painters since.
The V & A is exhibiting some of MF Husain’s work, mostly on loan from Usha Mittal, until 27 July 2014. MF Husain was living in London in exile at the time of his death and in a recent article in the Guardian his son recalled how the artist would fantasise about sneaking into India even just for a day. How sad that such a gifted and acclaimed artist should suffer and die away from ‘home’ due to right wing views of others.
The exhibition includes film footage and written notes from the artist, do pop along – it’s free!