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‘Girl Eating Corn’

Paritosh Sen

A monumental life force invigorates Paritosh Sen's penetrating expressionist canvases, as the artist scrutinizes the vast panorama of human life in all its animated variety. His gaze may be critical, watchful or amused, but the cool overarching objectivity with which he creates his images, charges them with trenchant meaning. This is apparent even in his many self portraits, where he subjects himself to the same ironic appraisal - as if "probing deeply whether doubting the self is possible..."

Manasij Majumdar writes, "His keen interest in watching and getting to know people individually, or in a social milieu has had an important bearing on his art. This has kept ever alive, his interest in the figurative idiom and given him tremendous analytical confidence to treat human faces and forms in his paintings ... All the irony, wit and critical flavor that animate his images of human motifs come from his polished and chaste urbanity ... But he (also) knows the other side of existential reality, which, untamed by human culture, is ever active whether subliminally in human instinct, or in the world of nature ... pristine and elemental, dark and delightful, mysteriously elusive and plentifully manifest ... he celebrates the elemental force of life as expressed in the brute energy of animals in many of his canvases."

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Pari M001

‘The Baul Singer' - 1956
oil on plywood
Size: 72” x 48
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Pari M001

‘Woman with Telephone' - 1982
oil
40” x 28”
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Pari M001

‘Pavement Dwellers' - 1992
water soluble pencil
18” x 18”
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"What he gained abroad ... which had a densely impacted influence on his art, were his insights into forma! and figurative distortion and the structural complexities of Cubism, and the infinite potential of painterly surfaces and free form figuration that go with Expressionism."

Sen's humane art embodies his vision and his values, and radiates a wonderful sense of balance - an assured completeness of insight that images his deep experience of life, from the turbulent evolutionary years of pre- and post independence India right up to the ferment of current times; and of art movements and development from the late Bengal School period, over the creative resurgence of the '40's and his exposure to the vibrant School of Paris, to the gradual definition of artistic identity in contemporary India.

It is this "dense perception of life" that invests his work with both intellectual vitality and a profound sense of dignity.

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Pari M001

‘Toad” - 1984
dry pastel
20” x 12”
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Pari M001

‘Woman at Tubewell' - 2005
acrylic
24” x 30”
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Pari M001

‘Girl with Butterfly - 2006
acrylic
16” x 20
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About the Artist

1918 Born in Dacca , now Bangladesh

1936-40 Studied at Govt School of Art and Crafts, Madras

1950-53 Studied in Paris at Andre Lhote's School, Academy Grand Chaumier,
Ecole des Beaux Arts and at Ecole de Louvre (for History of Painting)

Solo Shows

1941 Uday Shankar Centre, Almora

1942 Literacy League, Lahore

1943 Town Hall, Indore

1944 YMCA Hall, New Delhi

1945 Maulana Azad College , Calcutta

1945 YMCA Hall, New Delhi

1947 AIFACS Hall, New Delhi

1948 Bombay Art Society, Bombay

1950 Ex Libris' Gallery, Brussels

1951 Private Home, Brussels

1956 Art & Industry, Calcutta

1960 Chemould Art Gallery , Calcutta

1967 Academy of Fine Arts , Calcutta

1969 Birla Academy , Calcutta

1972 Jehangir Art Gallery , Bombay

1973 Birla Academy , Calcutta

1974 Birla Academy , Calcutta

1981 Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore

1982 Shridharani Art Gallery , New Delhi

1985 Chitrakoot Art Gallery , Calcutta

1987 Chitrakoot Art Gallery , Calcutta

1991 Cymroza Art Gallery , Bombay

1992 Village Art Gallery , New Delhi

1994 Galerie 88, Calcutta

1996 Galerie 88, Calcutta

1998 Birla Academy , Calcutta

1998 NGMA, Bombay

1998 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1999 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2001 Birla Academy , Calcutta

2001 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2001 NGMA, Bombay

2002 Lalit Kala Kendra, Madras

Group Shows

1961 Joint show with Tyeb Mehta, London

1965 The Commonwealth Arts Festival, Sao Paulo Biennale, and Asahi Shimbun
Show of Art; Tokyo

1972 Four Indian Painters, Pittsburgh , U. S. A.

1986 Second Biennale , Cuba

He has participated in more than 100 important group shows in India and abroad.


Participations
1943 Founder member, Calcutta Group
1940-49 Taught art at Daly College , Indore
1955-56 Art teacher at Netarhat Vidyalaya, Ranchi

1956-79 Staff member, Regional Institute of Printing Technology, Jadavpur,

1962-63 Invited by French Government to design Bengali typeface based on
script of Rabindranath Tagore

1962 A documentary film on his work was made by West Bengal Government


1979 Invited by Indo-Soviet Friendship Association for exhibition of works at Moscow

1981-82 Visiting professor, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, USA
Lectured on Contemporary Indian Art at various centers in the USA.

1983/84, 87 Artist in residence, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
(which published a portfolio of his short stories in English, illustrated by him)


Elected Fellow, Lalit Kala Akademi

1986 Commissioner, Indian section of Havana Biennale II, Cuba

Invited to speak on Indian Contemporary Painting at Loomis Chaffee School
by Allan Lundie Wise Lecture Fund, Windsor , Conn. , U. S. A.


Has been member of General Council, LKA, New Delhi;
Also member of Executive Council, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan.
Has contributed numerous articles to journals on contemporary art.
Has published three books in Bengali.

Awards

1969-70 French fellowship to continue with designing typeface


1970-71 John D. Rockefeller III grant

1985 Asian Paints Award

1989 Abanindra Puraskar for painting by Government of West Bengal

1991 Doctor of Literature honoris causa by University of Burdwan , West Bengal

1999 Doctor of Literature honoris causa by Rabindra Bharati University , West Bengal

Received Hiralal Dugar Purashkar

2001 Awarded Kalidas Nag Medal

2002 The French Government conferred on him L'officier de l'ordre des arts et de letters, with a medallion

2004 Lalit Kala Akademi conferred the title of Lalit Kala Ratna with a gold medal
given by the President of India

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Malay Saha
Manash Biswas
Manoj Dutta
Mona Ghosh
Munindra Rajbongshi
Nikhil Biswas
Parag Adhikari
Paresh Maity
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Pradip Bhowmick
Pradip Das
Partha Pratim Ghosh
Pradip Rakshit
Prokash Karmakar
Ranadip Mukherjee
Reba Hore
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Sanat Kar
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Shuvaprasanna
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Sovon Das
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Surajit Chakraborty
Swapan Kumar Das
Swapan Palley
Wasim Kapoor
 
 
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