Visually rich and aesthetically produced, it contains rare pictures and anecdotes of M F Hussain.

M.F. HUSAIN: A Pictorial Tribute
Pradeep Chandra
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Price: Rs. 4500.00

A master painter, a colourful persona, a filmmaker with a difference, a lover of the most expensive cars on earth, a painter who preferred to walk barefoot- Maqbool Fida Husain was an enigma even to those who knew him best.

M.F. Husain’s was an inspiring story of rags-to-riches. Through it all, he remained a true artist, whether painting hoardings, designing furniture or making films. That Husain was one of the greatest artists in the world is beyond doubt. His expression of creativity can be seen not only in his paintings but also in the love he had for the places and people that shaped his legendary status.

In this richly photographed book, Pradeep Chandra pays tribute to M.F. Husain, an artist who he has been photographing for decades. Chandra paints a picture of the man behind the artist in an attempt to understand the legendary painter through his work, installations, cinema, family, friends, the women who inspired him and his undying love of art. It celebrates the life of a great artist and a great man, whose passing has left a lacuna in the world of art and in the lives of those who love and admire him.

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Photographer Pradeep Chandra is also a writer and a painter. As a photo-journalist, he has been associated with The Illustrated Weekly of India, The Times of India, The Indian Express, The Week and The Sunday Observer, to name just a few.

Some of his memorable shows include The Alien Insiders, his documentation of the plight of Kashmiri refugees; Haveli Dreams, on the havelis of Rajasthan; a tribute to the Taj Mahal Hotel and an exhibition on the children of Kamathipura. He has participated in several art camps and group shows in India and abroad. Chandra currently lives in Mumbai.

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