ETHNOGRAPHIE MALAYĀḶAM ET PHILOSOPHIE EN ASIE DU SUD

Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011)
Un maître de la peinture indienne contemporaine

Une monumentale
peinture sur toile
illustre le Mahābhārata


Mahabharata, 1990
oil on canvas
51 x 188 in. (129.5 x 477.5 cm)

Peabody Essex Museum [Salem MA, USA]
Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection


La moitié gauche du tableau

Remarquer l'iconicité des noms propres (la Gaṅgā et la Jamunā en haut à gauche)
et des couleurs (la peau noire de Gaṇapati).


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Source:
Peabody Essex Museum
Epic India: Paintings by M.F. Husain
On view November 4, 2006 to June 3, 2007

The Mahabharata is one of India's oldest and most beloved epics, and the source of stories and teachings that have been part of life in India for two thousand years. M. F. Husain, India's best-known contemporary artist, first painted a series of works about the epic for the 1971 São Paulo Bienal. For Husain, the central paradox of the epic, and of human nature, is the competition and jealousies that divide members of a family, forcing them to choose sides and moving them all inexorably towards an Armageddon. Drawn primarily from the Peabody Essex Museum's Herwitz Collection of contemporary Indian art, the exhibition featured 20 works inspired by Husain's vision of the Mahabharata.


Le tableau dans son intégralité

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