20 March 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 103,000
Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (B. 1915)
Maya with Pink Elephant
signed in Hindi 'Husain' (upper right); titled 'Maya with Pink Elephant' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
22¾ x 43 in. (57.8 x 109.2 cm.)
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M. F. Husain's knowledge of Indian classical and religious texts has deeply informed many of his works and can be considered an important sub-genre in his oeuvre. Maya with Pink Elephant references the miraculous dream of Queen Maya, of an elephant approaching her side. Portending greatness, she awoke having conceived Siddartha who later became the Buddha.
Acquired when the present owner served as a Diplomat in New Delhi, 1973.
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, EUROPE