Evolution of visual language : study of Maqbool Fida Husain's art

Chung, Li Li (2009) Evolution of visual language : study of Maqbool Fida Husain's art. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Evolution of visual language : study of Maqbool Fida Husain's art

Premier Indian artist, M F Husain said in a 1997 interview, thirty years after he joined the Progressive Artist Group: "The [Group's] movement started in the 1930s with Souza, Raza and others. I joined in 1947. Our concern was to evolve not only art as a profession to make a living, but to do serious research to evolve a language for Indian contemporary art. It had to be rooted in our culture and all the points of reference had to be ours, but it had to use modern techniques as well. There was no point in painting like Indian miniatures...... Fellini has a movie titled And The Ship Sails On. That describes our country. And the ship sails on."* This paper addresses key elements that characterize a change in India's visual language. It covers the influences on Husain, which are firstly the return to traditional Indian art, indigenous themes, and secondly, a reaction to and embodiment of post-independence Indian life. Thirty years on from PAG's formation, Husain did not create a new visual language but created a painterly style with reference points tied to the Indian traditional and the common. Husain's paintings are an amalgamation: primarily, Indian themes and well understood symbolism; secondarily, expressed in Euro/American modern artistic, technical anchors that communicate well globally; thirdly, upfront expression of an artist's show of his identity and individualism.

Subjects: Art History > Art, Indic -- India -- 20th century
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 02:56
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2012 03:08
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/45
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