OBVIOUSLY CHUGHTAI IS THE GREATEST ARTIST OF PAKISTAN, SAID EHRENFELD;
BUT I WILL MAKE HIM A HOUSEHOLD WORD IN ART WORLD OF USA BY MY WAY.
Dr William K Ehrenfeld was very fond of Indo-Pakistani art and had made a wide collection of various artists from this region. M.A. Rahman Chughtai fascinated him and he got in touch eventually directly with me. A lot of study went in his collection binge and he was not only a man of knowledge, but supported a passion for regional art. M.A. Rahman Chughtai truly fascinated him and he planned five shows of Chughtai in the USA. The first one was to be a one man show at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. A big catalogue was planned and a lady scholar selected from an American university to come here and stay at the museum and write the most comprehensive catalogue. The famous German scholar Bautze from Heidelberg University was also selected to write the same. Everything was going well according to his grand plan.
But fate sometimes play tricks on human endeavour. At the height of this show frenzy, Dr William K Ehrenfeld had a rare disease and a stroke which paralyzed him. The doctors gave him a limited time to live. We found this out much later from another German scholar. A rare opportunity was lost. But we remember him with love. He donated 13 works of M.A. Rahman Chughtai to the Asian Art Museum, which he had collected over a long time. The works were displayed in the lobby of the San Francisco museum for one year. A great honour for Pakistan. Nobody noticed it here, but the American art world was moved even after his death. God bless his soul!