MF Husain contributed a lot in Indian Philately.Some stamps designed by him are treated as rich heritage in philately.He designed 4 Indian stamps in 1982 and 1988. Maqbool Fida Husain (1915 – 2011) commonly known as MF, was an eminent Qatari painter of Indian origin. He has been regarded as the \”Picasso of India\”.
Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. A dashing, highly eccentric figure who dressed in impeccably tailored suits, he went barefoot and brandished an extra-long paintbrush as a slim cane. He never maintained a studio but he spread his canvases out on the floor of whatever hotel room he happened to be staying in and paying for damages when he checked out. He created four museums to showcase his work and had a collection of classic sports cars. Enormously prolific, a gifted self-promoter and hard bargainer, he claimed to have produced some 60,000 paintings, amassed a fortune but maintained a bank balance of zero. After a long career, in 1996, when Husain was 81 years old, controversy arose over paintings originally created in the 1970s. After legal cases and death threats in his home country, he was on a self imposed exile from 2006. In January 2010, he was offered the citizenship ofQatar , which he accepted. He died in London on 8thJune 2011.