As a collector, it would be a common thing to ask, which are the best works of India's esteemed artist, M. F. Husain.
Furthermore, it would be even easier to question the author of any such post - "How do YOU know which are his best works?"
What is the definition of "top" or "best," "your aesthetics may be different from mine." Size does not matter. "Thick Impasto" and "Apparent Time Spent to Create An Artwork" does not necessarily mean good. Earlier works (prior to commercial success) may not be the best. Works on paper may be better than works on canvas.
Especially with Husain, this is a problem as he was prolific over quite a few decades and produced a lot of works (some say 60,000+ ).
To compound the problem, there is usually a difference between the art critics eye and the collector's eye, and both vary based on how one was introduced to art and the
June 2015 Sale, 38 x 100 inches - created 1956. Sold for over £1 Million.
titled "The Sixth Seal", 36 x
31 x 72 inches,
88x 44 inches circa1970s sold for over £330,000
31 x 71 inches created 1980s, Sold for over £350,000
33 x 42 inches created 1955, Sold for over £620,000.
27 x 100 inches, created 1955, Sold for over £700,000.
45 x 87 inches, Sold for £570,000. Created
60 x 6 inches, created 1958 and sold for over £500,000.
34 x 75 inches, created 1960, sold for over £390,000.
titled "Ganga Jamuna" - created in 1971/72 and sold for over £1 million.
titled "Ritual", 48 x 72 inches, Sold for £700,000.
70 x 47 inches
38 x 70 inches, Created 1979 and titled "Sita Hanuman". Sold for over £370,000
36 x 72 inches,
Many large format works exist post-1980s, many of which were commissioned. These do not seem to be particularly desired by the auctioneers or the collectors who buy from auctions.
If one were to try to reach a conclusion, create a thumb-rule (which should definitely be avoided in a subjective thing like modern Art) - it would seem that pre-1980s large-format works with some story or substance are the ones making a record and desired by collectors. Interestingly while it is well known that his horses always sell and that too easily, they do not seem to be anywhere close to the realizations of his "motif" based works. And again just to re-iterate this is just for Husain - every artist is different.
Images are the copyright of the Artist / Artist foundation and not any firm. I have no ownership of the images - these have been taken from various
Related: Maqbool Fida Husain Horses, Nude
Disclaimer: I do not own or have any commercial interest in any of the art above. I do own a Husain.
Christie's, Sotheby's, SaffronArt