Ten lesser known facts about M.F. Hussain
- Maqbool Fida Hussain, bettwer known as MF Hussain was born on September 17, 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, India, to Zunaib and Fida Husain.
- M.F. Hussain lost his mother when he was only one and a half years old. He moved to Bombay in 1935 and took admission into Sir J. J. School of Art.
- Often referred to as Picasso of India, Hussain began his painting career by painting billboards and posters for Bollywood movies.
- In the year 1947, he joined the Progressive Artist’s Group, which was founded by Francis Newton Souza.
- Hussain’s painting ‘Sunhera Sansaar’ at the1947 annual exhibition of the Bombay Art Society won an award and marked his entry as a known artist.
- During the early 1950s he went to Europe for the first time and did a barefoot grand tour. He also held his first solo exhibition in Zurich.
- He ventured into film-making and made his first film, ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’ in 1967, which was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival.
- In 1967, he received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for ‘Through The Eyes of a Painter’. Hussain was the recipient of several national honors such as Padma Shri (1966), Padma Bhushan (1973), and Padma Vibhushan (1991).
- M. F. Hussain married Fazila Bibi in 1941. The couple went on to have six children. His wife supported him wholeheartedly through the ups and downs of his career. She died in 1998.
- M. F. Hussain died on 9 June 2011, in London, England, after suffering from ill health for several months. He was 95.
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