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Pran Krishna Pal

(1915 - 1988) Trained in the Neo-Bengal school of painting, Pal was born in 1915. He assimilated the qualities of folk art yet his language is completely different from the logic of folk art. He studied at the Indian Society of Oriental Art. Pal was a part of the six young artists who formed the 'Calcutta Group'. They decided to reject the lyricism and the romanticism seen in the work of earlier Bengali artists and expressed the need for a visual language that could reflect the crisis of urban society. For the first time in modern Indian art, artists began to paint images that evoked anguish and trauma and reflected the urban situation.During the early phase of his career he painted using the Mughal and Rajasthani style and some of his paintings of this phase were the ‘Holi’, ‘Prince and Princess’, ‘Letter Writing’ etc. He won the Indian Society’s ‘Norman Blunt Memorial Award’ during his student days. His works are found in collections both in India as well as abroad and some of his prominent collectors include the Countess of Wellingdon and Lady Cassio. He passed away in 1988.