• South Asian Modern + Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 2299

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 64

    MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (B. 1915)

    Wilderness

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    MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (B. 1915)
    Wilderness
    signed 'Husain' (lower right); signed again in Hindi (upper left); titled 'WILDERNESS' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    25¼ x 31¼ in. (64.1 x 79.3 cm.)
    Painted circa 1958


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    This work, from the late 1950s, could be regarded as a precursor to Husain's famed Kerala series with its luscious foliage that almost camouflages its occupants. Characteristic of the works from this period are the ghost-like forms that the viewer has to seek out, as in the case of the seated figure at the center of the composition. A figure masterfully constructed within the tree on the left, is reminiscent in pose to classical Indian sculpture.

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Thence by descent to the current owner


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE AGA HILALY, AMBASSADOR TO PAKISTAN AND HIGH COMMISSIONER TO INDIA, SWEDEN, UNITED KINGDOM AND UNITED STATES