M.F. Hussain, who rose from a career as movie billboard artist to become India’s most sought-after painter before going into exile in an uproar over nude images of Hindu icons, died Thursday. He was 95.
CNN-IBN TV channel quoted a friend, Arun Vadehra, as saying that Hussain, often described as India’s Picasso, died at the Royal Brompton hospital in London. His lawyer, Akhil Sibal, confirmed the death.
Hussain had lived in self-imposed exile Dubai since 2006 after coming under attack from Hindu hard-liners in India for a nude painting of a woman shaped like India’s map, often depicted as “Mother India” in popular arts, folklore and literature. A nude of Hindu goddess Saraswati also angered the hard-liners.
No details of the cause of his death were immediately known