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Lot 226

M.F. Husain (Indian, 1915-2011) Untitled, 1972, Self-portrait with falcon, ink on paper,...

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Lot 226

M.F. Husain (Indian, 1915-2011) Untitled, 1972, Self-portrait with falcon, ink on paper,...

Price Realised: £2,210

Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 226


M.F. Husain (Indian, 1915-2011) Untitled, 1972, Self-portrait with falcon, ink on paper, Tehran series, signed and dated lower left '72, Tehran, VII', 50cm x 35cm.


Provenance:Private collection, UK; from a collection of works on paper gifted to the vendors by the artist when he visited them from the mid-1970s until the 1980s.


The building in the background is the Azadi Tower, Tehran, Iran. The Azadi Tower or Freedom Tower formerly known as the Shahyad Tower or Shah's Memorial Tower, is a monument located on Azadi Square in Tehran, Iran. It is one of the landmarks of Tehran, marking the west entrance to the city, and is part of the Azadi Cultural Complex, which also includes an underground museum.


The tower is about 45 metres tall and is completely clad in cut marble. It was commissioned by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, to mark the 2,500th year of the foundation of the Imperial State of Iran and completed in 1971. After winning a competition, architect Hossein Amanat was tasked to design the tower. His ideas were based upon classical and post-classical Iranian architecture, popular influences on art in the 1960s following the White Revolution. Iran's increasing wealth sparked modernization programs and sent the art industry into a renaissance-like period.

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