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Maqbool Fida Husain

Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011), India’s most charismatic and most internationally recognised painter, was romance personified in both work and life. Husain’s crime was that he had painted Hindu gods and goddesses, in the nude sometime in the 1970s. Though there are many examples of Hindu deities depicted in the nude in exquisite ancient temple sculptures, […]

Rise of contemporary Indian painters

In 1867, EB Havel was appointed the Principal of the Art College at Calcutta. He, as we discussed above, gave greater importance to the art traditions of this country, instead of those of Europe. However, he himself was not able to produce some outstanding works. This task was taken up by Abanindranath Tagore and the […]