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Lot 13
M F Husain
(1913 - 2011)

Untitled



The blue-edged sari of Mother Teresa and the hand raised in `abhay mudra` are well-known motifs in Husain`s oeuvre, representing peace and the value of altruism. A baby clinging to the nun`s clothes underscores the maternal benevolence that the image of Mother Teresa has come to represent.

However, the blackened face of Mother Teresa, a familiar portrayal of the nun in Husain`s work, deserves closer consideration....

The blue-edged sari of Mother Teresa and the hand raised in `abhay mudra` are well-known motifs in Husain`s oeuvre, representing peace and the value of altruism. A baby clinging to the nun`s clothes underscores the maternal benevolence that the image of Mother Teresa has come to represent.

However, the blackened face of Mother Teresa, a familiar portrayal of the nun in Husain`s work, deserves closer consideration. The nun is identified not by the features of her face, but by her blue-edged sari. Perhaps, in obliterating her features the painting enacts a subtle dismantling of her `foreign identity`. She is also absorbed into a uniquely Indian context. "The sari - restored to its appropriate Indian-ness - can add significance to Mother Teresa ... it is the sari, the symbol of Indian motherhood, that allows the European nun to wear her title with justification... it is entirely right that the orphaned dark child should seek refuge in the arms of this sari-clad, dark skinned mother of the poor and the helpless." (Shyamal Bagachi, "Augmented Nationalism: The Nomadic Eye of Painter M.F. Husain", asianart.com)



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  Lot 13 of 115  

AUCTION 2004 (MAY)
4-6 MAY 2004

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Winning Bid
$44,613
Rs 19,18,338

(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)


ARTWORK DETAILS

M F Husain
Untitled

Signed in English (upper left)
2003
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 in (91.4 x 61 cm)

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


 









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