Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, a bitter critic of M F Husain, on Thursday, Jun 9 said that the damage may have been caused to modern art due to the demise of the painter and prayed that he finds peace.
MNS president Raj Thackeray wanted all controversies related to Husain's paintings to be kept aside.
Bal Thackaray said, "As an artist, everyone has a domain and Husain handled his modern art with zeal. However, he 'slipped" while drawing paintings of Hindu Gods and Goddesses," Thackeray said.
Hussain was a legend and a asset of Indian arts. His death was a huge loss for India. Raj Thackaray also added he himself is a cartoonist and said that Hussain was "deeply associated with Maharashtra where his art blossomed and gained international recognition."
Even Bengal's didi Mamata Banerjee described Hussain as "a unique painter whom the world will miss forever."