A rarely seen HAND SIGNED lithograph in black and rich green ink, 22 1/4" by 25" (27" by 30" in simple black framing), dating to circa 1965, by MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (1915-2011), an iconic, world-renowned modern Indian artist often called "the Picasso of India". The handsome print features two images favored by the artists in both painted and graphic works---the horse, and the palm of the hand, both symbolic. Husain was born in India. In early years he worked as a painter of Bollywood promotional posters, but by 1947 became one of the co-founders of the Progressive Artists Group. He became a leader of Indian modernism at mid-century, renowned for his modified Cubist style and unique, immediately recognizable imagery. Major exhibitions of his work were held around the world for decades; in 1971 his painting hung next to a Picasso at the Sao Paulo Biennal. In recent years many of his original paintings have sold well into the many hundreds of thousands of dollars, and his top price is near $1.5 million. In the final years of his life, Husain lived in exile in London and Qatar, having become a controversial figure due to the portrayal in his art of unclad Hindu goddesses. See much, much more on Husain and his contribution to Indian art and modern art. CONDITION: This print shows indications of having been rolled at one time. There are some sharp vertical creases in the paper, especially at left edge of the composition, and at right center. See photos of this. Despite the creases, this is a scarce, rarely seen work by a major artist.
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