Art: Sacrifice and Eternal Wait in Sadeqauin’s paintings

Sadequain

Sadequain (1930 – 1987) is Pakistan’s foremost painter. Besides being a skilled calligrapher and a poet, his mastery lay in transforming famous Urdu poems and couplets into all-revealing paintings.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz, the great poet, says about Sadequain’s work, “With the commencement of his phantasmagorical exploration of form and substance, there emerges a series of abstract visual statements, strong and subtle, stripping, anatomising and recreating the skeletal forms beneath the visual flesh — skeletons of streets and cities, weeds and plants, men and women.”

Below are six of his paintings which have become synonymous with his name.

The Passion

Eternal Wait

The Competition

Hangings

Faiz chained

“Speak, for your lips are free” – Faiz

Art: Sadequain’s Nudes (1 of 2)

Sadequain’s self portrait

Sadequain (1930 – 1987) is Pakistan’s foremost painter. Besides being a skilled calligrapher and a poet, his mastery lay in depicting in paintings the great poems and famous couplets of Urdu poets, including that of Ghalib and Faiz, in the poetry-celebrating culture of Pakistan.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz, the great poet, says about Sadequain’s work, “With the commencement of his phantasmagorical exploration of form and substance, there emerges a series of abstract visual statements, strong and subtle, stripping, anatomising and recreating the skeletal forms beneath the visual flesh — skeletons of streets and cities, weeds and plants, men and women.”

Famous for his poetry-influenced paintings, he occasionally sketched and painted nudes. Here is a small selection of Sadequain’s nudes that not many people know about unless they research and make themselves thoroughly acquainted with his oeuvre.

Art: Controversial Paintings of M.F. Hussain

M. F. Hussain

Indian painter M. F. Hussain (1915 – 2011) during his lifetime created controversy by painting the revered figures of Hinduism in nude. The faithful took offence and protested in the length and breadth of the country. Legal action on the grounds of obscenity was taken in some cases and an apology was sought in others.

M.F. Hussain in his turn argued that ancient Indian art itself depicts sacred figures in semi-nude or nude form and that he had not done anything new and unheard of. Things did not calm down and Hussain had to leave the country due to death threats.

I was discussing this with a friend and later decided to post those pictures on my blog. Here are some, but not all, of the offending paintings.

 

 

Goddess Durga in sexual position with a tiger

Goddess Lakhsmi sitting naked on Ganesh’s head

Muslim Sultan is clothed while the Brahman is naked

Naked Saraswati

Naked Parvati

Naked Mother India that infuriated the nationalists

Goddess Sita sitting nude on Ravana’s thigh as Hanuman comes to her rescue

Naked Hitler beheads Mahatma Gandhi