Ut pictora poesis’ (As is painting, so is poetry)
-Horace, Ars Poetica
The great painters and poet philosophers drink from the same Helicon; if one moulds the human mind through visual images in space, the other, strives to move us with verbal images in time. The wisdom of all ages lies in art and poetry. India is one of the oldest civilizations which embraced its glorious rebels and mendicant sons with the nonchalance and pride of a wise mother. It is a blot on our cultural heritage that the father of contemporary art in India, M.F. Hussain passed away in exile, longing for his only love, India, which was in his blood and being. India was to him the Muse, the eternal spring of inspiration and he wandered as a prodigal son adorned with the crowns that we bestowed without the kingdom.