The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, July 24, 2014

Husain's horses are the favourites at Bonhams Contemporary South Asian Sale
Maqbol Fida Husain (India, 1915-2011), Untitled (Horses). Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- Two horse paintings by celebrated Indian artist, Maqbol Fida Husain are among the front runners at Bonhams Modern and Contemporary South Asian sale which will take place on 8th April in London’s New Bond Street.

The horse has been a key theme in the artist's oeuvre throughout the last sixty years. MF Husain, who earned both fame and wrath for his paintings, is regarded as the "Picasso of India".

The top lot in the sale is MF Husain’s Untitled (Horses), an oil on canvas executed in 1978, estimated at £150,000-£250,000. In the offered lot, two crazed horses are portrayed bucking and kicking, with gaping mouths and wide staring eyes against a dark ink-blue background. The fawn bodies of the beasts are marked out in heavy black line and smudged shadows.

The period of 1965-1975 was one of the most troubled decades in the history of modern India and the effects of the conflict heavily influenced Husain's painting. Several works from this period reflect this mood of aggression and violence.

Walk on Earth, an acrylic on canvas executed in 1983, is another of Husain’s highlights. It is offered for sale with estimates of £40,000-60,000.

As conflict subsided, colour crept back into Husain’s work. Three horses in vivid yellow, green and chalky grey against a colourful green and red background. As a Muslim, Husain was heavily influenced by his Islamic faith. Walk on Earth most probably refers to the Qu'ran writing, "Do not walk pompously or arrogantly about the earth; you cannot break it open, nor match the mountains in height."

Maqbol Fida Husain travelled extensively during his lifetime and the influence of different cultures upon his work is clear to see. In its early stages, he was very much influenced by the Chinese style. In the 1950s Husian had visited China where he encountered the art of the Sung Dynasty and was particularly inspired by the depiction of horses by celebrated Chinese artist, Xu Beihong (President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China).

Husain’s trademark horses have now become a vital part of Indian art history.

Today's News

April 5, 2014

"Art and Alchemy: The Mystery of Transformation" opens at the Museum Kunstpalast

United States lawsuit targets Swiss expert Oliver Wick over $7.2 million 'Rothko'

Sotheby's Paris to sell moving portrait of Modigliani's confidant, mentor and patron Paul Alexandre

$8.2 million 'Gong Fu Tie' scroll row puts art ambitions of China's rich on display

Christie's offers three major private collections of Impressionist & Modern art in New York

Hebrew manuscripts, including 15th-century Haggadah, on view during Passover at Metropolitan Museum

Former United States president George Bush takes up portraiture of world leaders

Art Gallery of Ontario brings giants of British art Francis Bacon and Henry Moore together for major exhibition

Painted wood relief by Elijah Pierce achieves a record $87,500 at Doyle New York

Yale undergraduates curate Welsh landscape exhibition as part of program

"The Glittering Spindrift Running Before the Wind" sails at Bonhams Marine Auction

Husain's horses are the favourites at Bonhams Contemporary South Asian Sale

German Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus shot dead in Afghanistan

19th century Chinese porcelain screen hits $121,000 at Elite Decorative Arts auction

Southwest weavings, pottery and baskets highlight June Native American art auction

"Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film" opens at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Suddenly We Jumped: Miami-based artist Antonia Wright opens exhibition at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Major exhibition showcases paintings and other works of James Spencer Russell

New series of works by Mona Kuhn on view at Flowers Gallery in London

Spring opening at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Galerie Christian Lethert opens Imi Knoebel's first solo exhibition with the gallery

Art and antiques retailer Mallett reports profit and increased turnover

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site