Dhaka, 1918 - 2008

Paritosh Sen

Drawn to art through the pages of the Bengali art journal Prabasi, Paritosh Sen ran away from his house in Dacca, now in Bangladesh, to learn art in Madras. Unaware of the trends of European modern art till the Forties, Sen explored and experimented with a vocabulary drawn from Indian visual idioms. The first encounters with reproductions of Vincent van Gogh, Cezanne, Paul Gaugin and other masters, which happened during his teaching at Art College, Indore, sparked off Sen’s interest in form. In 1942, the Calcutta Group with Paritosh Sen as a founder member, held its only exhibition.
However, it was Sen’s visit to Paris in 1949 that got him closer acquainted with European art and artists. Meeting Pablo Picasso was a landmark in his life. The period after his...

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Biography

Drawn to art through the pages of the Bengali art journal Prabasi, Paritosh Sen ran away from his house in Dacca, now in Bangladesh, to learn art in Madras. Unaware of the trends of European modern art till the Forties, Sen explored and experimented with a vocabulary drawn from Indian visual idioms. The first encounters with reproductions of Vincent van Gogh, Cezanne, Paul Gaugin and other masters, which happened during his teaching at Art College, Indore, sparked off Sen’s interest in form. In 1942, the Calcutta Group with Paritosh Sen as a founder member, held its only exhibition.
However, it was Sen’s visit to Paris in 1949 that got him closer acquainted with European art and artists. Meeting Pablo Picasso was a landmark in his life. The period after his return to India, in 1954, saw him teaching, producing paintings with themes influenced by everyday life. Sen’s visits to Europe and China during the Sixties enriched his vocabulary with new idioms. Sen’s spontaneous response to the traumatic socio-political changes in West Bengal in the Seventies resulted in a series where along with large-size canvases he installed a papier-mache sculpture conveying a poster-like simplification of pop art, an inspiration drawn from his travels in Mexico and Egypt.

Sen wrote on art for leading English and Bengali journals. In 1986, he wrote and illustrated a story in English, published by NID, Ahmedabad. The French government conferred on him the L’officier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres and Lalit Kala Akademi honoured himwith the title Lalit Kala Ratna in 2004.

Artworks

2

Bag Lady, 1982

RELATED CATEGORIES

Acrylic Painting / Charcoal / European Modernism / Everyday life / Figurative Painting / Human Figure / India / Indian Art / Indian Contemporary History / Journalist / Oil on Canvas / Oil Painting / Painting / Paris / Socio-political Issue / Trauma

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1954

    Studied at Paris at Andre Lhote’s School, Academy Grand Chaumier, Ecole des Beaux Arts (Mural Painting) and at Ecole des Louvre (History of painting), Paris

  • 1940

    Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2008

    Paritosh at 88, Project 88, Mumbai

  • 2007

    Paritosh at 88, Galerie 88, Mumbai

  • 2002

    Retrospective, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

Group Exhibitions

  • 2008

    Moderns, Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan

  • Tales, Reflection and Constructs, ITC Windsor, Bangalore

  • Freedom 2008 – Sixty Years after Indian Independence, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

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Education

  • 1954

    Studied at Paris at Andre Lhote’s School, Academy Grand Chaumier, Ecole des Beaux Arts (Mural Painting) and at Ecole des Louvre (History of painting), Paris

  • 1940

    Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2008

    Paritosh at 88, Project 88, Mumbai

  • 2007

    Paritosh at 88, Galerie 88, Mumbai

  • 2002

    Retrospective, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

  • Retrospective, Artworld, Chennai

  • 2001

    Mini Retrospective Show, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

Group Exhibitions

  • 2008

    Moderns, Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan

  • Tales, Reflection and Constructs, ITC Windsor, Bangalore

  • Freedom 2008 – Sixty Years after Indian Independence, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  • Frame Figure Field: 20th Century Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2007

    12 Artists, Presented by Akar Prakar at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • Colors of Art, Presented by Galerie Sara Arakkal and Gallery Art Resource Trust at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 2006

    Drawing Show an Act of Art II, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • With Tyeb Mehta, Gallery One, London

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France, DAG, New York (~ 2019)

  • 2012

    Calcutta Chromosome, The Viewing Room, Mumbai (~ 2013)

  • 2011

    Manifestations V, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta

  • Manifestations VI, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

  • 2010

    Essential, Eclectic,Ephemeral, The Harrington Mansions, Kolkata

  • Black is Beautiful, India Fine Art, Mumbai

  • Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

  • Figure/Landscape: Part One, Aicon Gallery, New York

  • Akar Prakar, Kolkata

  • 2009

    The Root of Everything, Gallery Mementos, Bangalore

  • Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin, Emile Lowe Gallery, Hempstead

  • Modern Continuous, Galerie 88, Kolkata

Grants & Awards

  • 2004

    Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

Collections

  • The British Museum, London

  • Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata

  • Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

  • Punjab Museum, Chandigarh

  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi