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M F Husain
(1915 - 2011)

That Obscure Object of Desire

M F Husain held a lifelong interest in film that can be traced back to childhood, when he loved John Ford and Frank Capra. Born to a family of limited means in the small Maharashtrian town of Pandharpur, he moved to Bombay as a young man in 1936 and supported himself as a movie billboard painter. He eventually formed friendships with directors Roberto Rosselini, Ingmar Bergman and Pier Paolo Pasolini. In 1967, he made an experimental short film...

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  Lot 39 of 60  

13 DECEMBER 2023


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M F Husain
That Obscure Object of Desire

Inscribed '"That Obscure Object of Desire". Eight' (lower left)
Circa 1980s
Oil on canvas
38.5 x 79 in (98 x 200.5 cm)

Acquired directly from the artist
Saffronart, 19-20 September 2012, lot 26
Property from an Important USA Collection

Center for Asian Art, Florida: The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 9 February 2016 - 29 October 2018

K. Bikram Singh, Maqbool Fida Husain, New Delhi: Rahul & Art, 2008, p. 307 (illustrated)

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


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