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M F Husain
Cobalt Horse


The horse is a recurring motif in Husain's oeuvre. But in the artists' s work, the horse is never represented as a docile beast of burden. Its angry rearing form is usually portrayed in dynamic motion, as if involved in a mighty struggle. In this painting, the aggressive black lines of the galloping beast create a tense, conflict-ridden atmosphere and the horse comes to represent psychological turmoil. "For the gusty anguish...

The horse is a recurring motif in Husain's oeuvre. But in the artists' s work, the horse is never represented as a docile beast of burden. Its angry rearing form is usually portrayed in dynamic motion, as if involved in a mighty struggle. In this painting, the aggressive black lines of the galloping beast create a tense, conflict-ridden atmosphere and the horse comes to represent psychological turmoil. "For the gusty anguish of sexual expression the artist turns to symbolic expression, to …the headlong, rapine rush of the horse." (p. 42, Richard Bartholomew and Shiv Kapur, Husain, New York, 1971)



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  Lot 13 of 145  

AUCTION 2004 (DECEMBER)
30 NOVEMBER-2 DECEMBER 2004

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$86,000
Rs 38,70,000

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ARTWORK DETAILS

M F Husain
Cobalt Horse
Signed in Devnagari (upper left)
Circa 1960s
Oil on canvas
29.5 x 41 in (74.9 x 104.1 cm)

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


 









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