• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2270

    South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1066

    MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (b. 1915)

    Gandhi - Man of Peace

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (b. 1915)
    Gandhi - Man of Peace
    signed in Hindi and Urdu and dated 'Oct '69' (lower right); signed again and inscribed 'Husain D - 67 69' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    65 5/8 x 56 5/8 in. (166.8 x 143.8 cm.)
    Painted in 1969


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Husain has long been fascinated by epic figures whether mythological or historical and he displays a special reverence for Mahatma Gandhi as an Indian figurehead, as seen in his slightly later 1972 depiction of Gandhi from the Herwitz Collection at the Peabody Essex Museum. According to S. Bean, 'In his drive to create an Indian contemporary art, M.F. Husain has become a master of myth, not only portraying deities and episodes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, but in projecting historical figures into the transcendent realm of the mythic. His "Gandhi", for example, shows his subject larger than life, wearing his signature loincloth and holding his staff, but with a featureless haloed visage that conveys no individual identity. In this painting we are looking at a person, a saint, a demigod who has surpassed history, whose significance is timeless...His "Mother Teresa" series similarly uses her distinctive habit and her hands to effect a transformation of the historical to the mythic, the mortal to the eternal.' (S. Bean, 'Now, Then, Beyond: Time in India's Contemporary Art,' Contemporary Indian Art: Other Realities, Marg, Mumbai, 2002, p. 48).

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, AUSTRALIA