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#TRIPTYCH: M F Hussain’s final works to go on display at Victoria and Albert Museum

The last paintings made by legendary Indian artist MF Husain will be on public display for the first time at an exhibition at London’s V&A Museum next month.

The ‘Indian Civilisation’ series is a collection of eight so-called ‘Triptych’ paintings – large paintings made up of three panels often hinged together.

Each panel explores a different theme and pays tribute to the colour and vibrancy of India’s history.

The paintings were originally commissioned in 2008 by Mrs Usha Mittal, wife of steel billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, as a series of 96 panels. 

Hussain is said to have been working on the collection at the time of his death in London at the age of 95 in 2011.

Widely considered India’s greatest – and most controversial – painter, Maqbool Fida Hussain was often referred to as the ‘Picasso of India’ and his works have sold for millions of dollars.

However, his depiction of Hindu deities – including nude paintings of the goddesses Saraswati and Draupati among others – caused widespread anger in India, forcing Hussain to flee into exile in 2006.

The Indian Civilisation series will be on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London 28 May – 27 July.

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