Interesting facts about Indian Picasso, MF Husain

Maqbool Fida Husain, popularly known as M F Husain, is said to have created around 60,000 paintings in his lifetime which covered diverse topics such as Mother Teresa, Gandhi, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, motifs of urban and rural India, and even the British colonization.

M.F.Hussain, 'The Picasso of India', as claimed by Forbes magazine, could make his paintings 'speak', expressing ideas and concepts with as little as a few strokes of a pencil. He put together themes from mythology and Indian ethnicity to create artwork that can be remembered forever.

The maestro died in 2011 when he was 95. Today India’s contemporary artist Shantala Palat shares some of the interesting things which you probably didn’t know before.

1. M.F. Husain never wore shoes. He said, “It’s good for my knees, which means I can sit on the floor and paint for four or five hours.”

2. Husain started his career in painting by making cinema hoardings in 1935 when he first came to Mumbai to become a movie director.

3. The artist worked with a toy company making and designing toys to earn few extra money. Husain's love for painting grew only after he learned the art of calligraphy. After recognizing Husain's talent, his father got him an apprenticeship with a tailor and later a draughtsman, encouraging him to develop his painting technique.

4. Husain got recognition in his late 40's when he associated himself as a founding member of the Bombay Progressive Artists' Group. Husain's first solo exhibition was held in 1952 in Zurich.