Husain’s ‘Bhopal’ to go underneath the hammer


‘Bhopal’, Maqbool Fida Husain’s anguished illustration of the horrible penalties of business negligence in Bhopal, is to go underneath the hammer on October eight on the Bonhams Public sale Home in London.

Husain’s framed and signed oil on canvas, with ‘Bhopal’ painted boldly on the aspect of the canvas — as if to depart little doubt on which catastrophe he’s depicting — has been valued between £200,000 and 300,000, a press launch from the auctioneers mentioned.

“Simply as Pablo Picasso’s ardour and outrage in the direction of the Spanish Civil Battle had impressed him to create ‘Guernica’ (1937), ‘Bhopal’ was the results of Husain’s horror on the long-lasting results of the leak,” the press launch mentioned, although attributing the work’s power to Husain’s personal genius that was moulded by life round him. The Bhopal catastrophe occurred on December 3, 1984 when a poison fuel leak from a Union Carbide manufacturing facility killed round 2000 folks.

Headlined by Husain’s ‘Bhopal,’ the October eight public sale of Indian and Islamic artwork may even public sale ‘Bindu’ by Syed Haidar Raza (b.1922) that has been valued between £100,000 and 150,000, and ‘Untitled’ by Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002) valued between £40,000 and 60,000.

Raza began portray the Bindu collection within the 1980s. “An act of meditation and the ‘Bindu’ is the centre of calm” the press launch says.

Yet one more spotlight of the public sale is ‘4 Figures” by Pakistani artist Sadequain (1937-1987) with an estimated valuation of £45,000-65,000.

This isn’t the primary time that Husain’s work have been bought by Bonham’s, which specialises in Asian artwork. This April, an untitled Husain portray of horses was bought for £205,250; and in 2007, on the top of Husain’s troubles with proper wing Hindu nationalist teams who hounded him for portray disrespectful and nude representations of Hindu goddesses, the identical public sale home bought his ‘Nude Girl’, a masterly portray of the bare feminine kind, one which sadly needed to discover its dwelling outdoors the nation that impressed all his artwork.

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