Sailoz Mookherjea

(1906 - 1960) Mookherjea was born in West Bengal in 1906. He completed his diploma in Fine Arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta in 1932. His works reveal an ease for simple forms, fluid lines and dynamics. He was deeply inspired by European artists such as Matisse as well Indian folk art and Basohli miniatures. He was also influenced by Bengal School of Art artists during his time in New Delhi in 1940’s and 50’s. His artistic themes amalgamate nature and rural scenes with bold lines and an empowering color palette. After moving to Paris in 1937, his works were robust with European elements. He is on the 1979 list of Nine Masters of Archaeological Survey of India.He is coined as a National Art Treasure by the Government in India. Mookherjea passed away in 1960.