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Signed and dated 'Jogen 2011' (upper left)
Dated in Bengali (lower left)
Initialed in Bengali (upper right)
Further signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'Jogen Chowdhury' / 'Face' / 25 x 32.5 cm. / Ink & Pastel / 2011 (Santiniketan) / Code No: 29/2011 (on the reverse)

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

"It was in Santiniketan, where I have been since the 1990, that I again started drawing in every possible medium. I have been through several phases working with pastels, ink, ink and brush, including drawings painted with dry pastels or oil pastels. My recent drawings represent nature and human beings - flowers, vases, trees, mountains, clouds, men and women and their relationship. They depict an intimate sensibility rooted in my feelings and imagination. They are done in a personal ways, and I feel they contain an original approach and creativity in their form, lines and images. It is important to do something with conviction. For me, all objects are basically same in spirit and element. This is an 'Upanisadic' or Tagorean concept, which has influenced my thinking from my early youth. This is also scientifically true. I do not see any difference between man and woman and in a deeper sense, between man and nature.

When I look at nature and the people in it, I feel they all move with a unity of rhythm and growth, they take birth and they die. This sense of oneness has strongly influenced my work. When I paint a creeper, a plant, a vase, a mountain, a tree or a human being, it has the same spirit and vibration. It attracts me strongly and I find that there is a deep sense of inner force, a subconscious force that works in me to create the images and objects with an undefined spirit and vibration. I consciously judge them, and accept or reject them, with my experience, understanding, and knowledge of the development of arts in our time." [...] (Jogen Chowdhury, Painted Drawings, 2001)

Jogen Chowdhury

(b. 1939)
Born in 1939 in erstwhile Bengal, now Bangladesh, Jogen Chowdhury studied at Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, the Studio Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. His most recent solo exhibitions include ‘Jogen Chowdhury: Formative to Recent’, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata, in 2014; ‘Lignes de Meditation’, Gallery Veda, Chennai, in 2012-13; ‘A Calligraphy of Touch and Gaze’ by Kalakriti Art Gallery at ICIA, Mumbai, in 2008; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2007; the Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata, in 2006; and Bose Pacia, New York, in 2002. Chowdhury’s works have been exhibited in several group shows including ‘Ideas of the Sublime’, presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 2013; ‘Figure / Landscape: Part Two’, Aicon Gallery, London, in 2010-11; ‘Dali’s Elephant’, Aicon Gallery, London, ‘Paper Trails’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, ‘Pretty Ugly’, Bose Pacia, Kolkata, ‘Image and symbol: Painters Perception’, Aakrit Art Gallery, Kolkata, in 2010; ‘Modern Continuous’, Galerie 88, Kolkata, in 2009; ‘Inverting, Inventing, Traditions’, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, in 2007; Drawing Show an Act of Art II’, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006; those by Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, New York, in 2002 and 2001; the ‘Festival of India’ Geneva, in 1989; the II Havana Biennale, in 1986; and the Sao Paulo Biennale, in 1979. He was awarded the Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh State Government in 2001, the Shiromani Award, Kolkata, in 1997, and the Prix le France de la Jeune Peinture in 1966. The artist lives and works in Shantiniketan, West Bengal.