About The Work
Untitled (After “Gandhi”), also known as The Attenborough Panels, is a rare, museum quality, historic painting comprising 6 large individual panels, each measuring 90x32 inches. It was painted by Maqbool Fida Husain in 1983, after the release and great success of the motion picture “Gandhi”.
Mahatma Gandhi, the architect of India’s non-violent and inclusive freedom movement was an inspirational figure for M. F. Husain, and the subject of many of Husain’s paintings. None more important, or historic, or brilliant as The Attenborough Panels, painted in an inspired moment, after the release of Sir Richard Attenborough’s biopic “Gandhi”. Husain was moved by the movie, and impressed by the director. Husain painted the Attenborough Panels, possibly, in the hope of placing them in Sir Richard’s collection.
The first panel is reminiscent of Gandhi’s time in South Africa or his early days back in India, when he emphasized community living, in materially modest circumstances, and with a great level of self-reliance, in ashrams where members raised cows and goats.
Maqbool Fida Husain, commonly known as M. F.Husain, was arguably the most recognizable figure of modern and contemporary Indian art, inspiring a whole generation of artists in the country. Born in1915, he was a founding member of the influential Progressive Artists Group in the 1950s. He had animmensely successful career spanning eight decades. Other than painting, he also received recognition as a print maker, photographer and film-maker. His work is in the collection of the most prestigious museums in India and abroad. His work is also in many prestigious private collections, allover the world. He passed away in 2011 in London,UK. His vast artistic legacy continues to live and grow.Widely regarded as the,“Picasso of India,”Husain moved to Mumbai at an early age and began his artistic career by painting billboards for cinemas. Husain became associated with Indian modernismin the 1940s. A dashing, highly eccentric figure dressed in impeccably tailored suits, but who oftenwent barefoot, he brandished an extra-long paint brush as a slim cane. In a career full of many remarkable milestones, in 1971 he showed alongside the same Picasso, who he was often compared to, at the Sao Paulo Biennial. Husain had an especially strong connection to the UAE. After being a frequent visitor for decades, he lived there in the autumn of his life, inself-imposedexile, for several years. From his base in the UAE he continued to paint, write scripts and even make films. Films were never toofar from Husain. From the earliest days as a cinema billboard painting, to the multiple full-length feature films he directed and produced, films were an integral part of his life.
Aicon Contemporary is an offshoot of Aicon Gallery, which for 20 years has shown non-western modern and contemporary art in New York. It was founded to focus on cutting-edge art. We represent artists like G. R. Iranna, currently showing in the 58thVenice Biennale, Adeela Suleman, Abdullah Syed, Abir Karmakar, S. N. Sujith, Debanjan Roy, P.D. Pulak, and others. We have placed works in the British Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Art Institute of Chicago, Peabody Essex, Cincinnati Museum of Art, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, among others. We participate in fairs like the Armory Show, Frieze, Art Basel HK, Abu Dhabi Art, Art Dubai, and the India Art Fair. Aicon forms a critical bridge between the east and west.