Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 100th birthday of one of India’s most well-known and comprehensive artists, painter, director Maqbool Fida Husain, who passed away of heart attack on June 9th, 2011, at the age of 95.
He is popularly known as MF Husain and also regarded as “Picasso of India”
The doodle pays tribute to the Master of modern Indian painting in a very conceptual manner.
Today, on Late M.F. Husain’s 100th Birthday we have compiled some interesting facts about the legendary painter:
- Husain began painting cinema hoardings to earn some money in his initial days when he came to Mumbai.
- Husain, to make some additional money, worked for a toy company, designing and building toys. He regularly travelled to Gujarat to paint sceneries when he could afford to.
- Husain’s dad perceiving his ability, got him apprenticeships with a tailor and later a draughtsman while motivating him to develop his painting technique privately
- Husain first got appreciation in late 1940s when he was one of the original members from the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group established by Francis Newton Souza
- Husain made his first film, ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’ in the year 1967, which was indicated at the Berlin Film Festival and won a Golden Bear short film honor
- Along with Pablo Picasso, Husain was a special invitee at the Sao Paulo Biennial (Brazil) in 1971
- Husain was honored the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and was also selected to the Rajya Sabha of the Indian Parliament in 1986. He was honored the Padma Vibhushan in 1991
- In February 2006, Husain was accused of “hurting sentiments of people “as a result of his nude potraits of Hindu gods and goddesses
- In the year 2010, the Jordanian Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center named Husain as one of the 500 most compelling Muslims
- F. Husain died of heart attack at the age of 95, on June 9, 2011 in London; He was not well for several months.
- He was buried in Brookwood Cemetery on June 10, 2011.