M.F. Husain was many things: a great painter who was hated and admired by millions alike- the curious boy from Pandharpur, painter of bill boards, maker of toys, aesthete, the inveterate progressive artist he soon became, and later filmmaker and style icon who walked about barefoot with a long brush in hand. He can be called as A legend, in short.
Ila Pal met the star painter for the first time in 1961. It was the beginning of a long and enriching association between an eager student of art and M.F. Husain a journey that lasted fifty years.
‘Husain: Portrait of an Artist’ gives us an up close and personal look at the life of a great painter and of that intimate relationship, filled with anecdotes about his charisma, his sharp wit, his sense of wonder about the world at large.
Known for his insatiable hunger for love, this warm and personalised biography traces his evolution through his many avatars. It also delves into the artist’s exile from his homeland, exploring the question of creative license in a climate where people s sentiments are easily hurt and where censorship rules the roost like never before.