21 September 2005
Maqbool Fida Husain (b. 1915)
Man in Space
Signed and dated upper right in Hindi, 1964; Titled on reverse: 'MAN IN SPACE'
Oil on canvas
63 x 71 in. (160 x 180.2 cm.)
Pittie Collection, Hyderabad
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R. Bartholomew and S. Kapur, Husain, New York, 1969, no. 187 (detail).
This work was originally designed as part of a larger ceiling mural titled, Creation of Man; see Christie's, 31 March 2005, lot 292 for another painting from this mural series.
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