Divergent Confluences: M.F. Husain and S.H. Raza

SH Raza. Untitled. Watercolor on paper, 1940s. Courtesy of Akara Art

In Mumbai, Akara Art is showing works by Maqbool Fida Husain and Syed Haider Raza whose lives converged and diverged in many different ways. The exhibition draws on  heavily on this aspect while also highlighting their individual artistic journeys in India and abroad.

Both their professional careers as artists began in the same year, 1947, with Raza graduating from the Sir JJ School of Art in Mumbai and Husain quitting his job as a furniture designer to become a full-time painter. In later years, Raza moved to Paris, making France his primary home with frequent visits to India while Husain chose to remain in India – circumstances that allowed them to develop their own unique form of modernism.

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