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Signed 'Paritosh Sen 04' (upper left)

Acquired directly from the artist
Private collection, Dubai

Mrinal Ghosh, Paritosh Sen: IX th Decade, Neovision, New Delhi, 2006, p. 127 (illustrated)

Eminent artist Paritosh Sen started experimenting in cubistic distortions in the 1950s which will turn out to be one of the major features of his art later in his career. In the current lot, Sen focused on naturalism; but with the essence and features of expressionism. He used conventional geometric patterns on the girl's figure while keeping the background bare and rejecting any form of expressionist dissolution in the painting. This added dimension to the girl's existence in the picture plane and resulted in an overall integrally blended form.

Paritosh Sen

(1918 - 2008)
Paritosh Sen was born in 1918 in Dhaka. After completing his diploma in Fine Arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, he moved to Calcutta in 1942, where he and a group of friends formed the Calcutta Group, an association of artists that sought to incorporate contemporary values in Indian art. In 1949, he left for Paris to study further, attending, among other institutes, the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He received a Fellowship for 1970-'71 from the John D. Rockefeller III Fund. A prolific writer, Sen has published many works in both Bengali and in English, including a series of autobiographical vignettes titled 'Jindabahar Lane'. His works have been exhibited in India and internationally, in Paris, London, Germany, Tokyo and in the US. Paritosh Sen passed away in October 2008.