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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 87

    MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (B. 1915)

    Maya with Pink Elephant

    Price Realised  

    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.

    Provenance

    Acquired when the present owner served as a Diplomat in New Delhi, 1973.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, EUROPE