• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 15

    MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (B. 1915)

    Untitled (Horses)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (B. 1915)
    Untitled (Horses)
    signed 'Husain' in Hindi (upper left)
    oil on board
    24 x 48 1/8 in. (61 x 122.3 cm.)


    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

    According to E. Alkazi, horses are usually recognized as symbols of the sun and knowledge. They are associated with life giving and sustaining forces. Husain's horses have become "a vehicle for multiple utterances - aggression, power and protection." (R. Shahani, Let History Cut Across Me Without Me, New Delhi, 1993, p. 8.)

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the father of the present owner, who was at the time a diplomat in India circa 1961, and thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, EUROPE