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By Maqbool Fida Husain
Oil on canvas
Size: 129.5 x 58.4 centimetres (51.5 x 23 inches)
Estimated price: £220,000-250,000
This year marks the centenary of the birth of the modern master, Maqbool Fida Husain. On the eve of Independence, Husain and his contemporaries established a movement that was to represent a new era in South Asian art.
Although an advocate of international modernism, Husain chose to draw on aspects of his heritage as a way of portraying the present. The layered vocabulary of his paintings was derived from a myriad of sources, drawing from the classical, the miniature and the folk, to formulate a distinctive pictorial language that was both mythical and real.