21 October, 2020

Equus Interruptus

The vigorous credo of India's most famous painter saw him galloping in pace with the march of time

Equus Interruptus
If any artist is more present in India today, even though he lives in self-imposed exile in Dubai, it is Maqbool Fida Husain. Whether it is in auctions or exhibitions or simply in people’s homes, his memorable images make their way to the viewer and provide an entry into contemporary Indian art. It was high time there was a comprehensive book chronicling his work from the beginning to now. This handsome volume, written painstakingly over two years by the former civil servant, filmmaker and art lover, Bikram Singh, not only fills this vacuum but is written in a manner befitting the artist’s own approach, accessible to both the connoisseur as well as the lay person.

The book has a vast array of styles and visual metaphors coinciding with many events from Husain’s 93 years. He has always been a people’s man, whether painting cinema hoardings as a young, aspiring artist or sitting in a wayside tea shop and having his ‘chalu chai’. Now, we discover that he had a favourite haunt in each city, be it Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta or Indore, where...



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