Known as the "Picasso of India," M.F. Husain became a controversial figure in the mid-1990s when he depicted Hindu gods and goddesses in the nude. Many people felt that the works were anti-Hindu, and he was charged with hurting the sentiments of the people. Though the Supreme Court of India declared that he could not be punished, he received so many death threats that he fled India altogether.

Husain spent the rest of his life as a citizen of Qatar, continuing to paint, but never returning to his native Indian soil until his death in 2011.