India’s “Picasso” Dies at 95

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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An artist sometimes called “the Indian Picasso” has died in London at the age of 95.

M.F. Husain — whose full name was Maqbool Fida Husain — began his career in India as a Bollywood poster artist and later developed a style combining Indian traditions with a Western-influenced Cubist style. He was also known for avoiding shoes, preferring to go barefoot.

He became one of India's most-lauded painters, and one of the most highly paid.

But some of his later work upset people, in particular a 2006 painting of a nude woman in the shape of the country of India. Husain, a Muslim, also drew criticism from Hindus for painting Hindu goddesses in the nude.

Husain had lived in Dubai since 2006 and kept a studio in London, where he died Thursday at the Royal Brompton Hospital.