LOT NO.
24

Paritosh Sen

Portrait of a Woman
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm.)
painted in 2005
Starting Bid: $ 4,500
Estimate: US$ 5,000 - 7,000
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Lot Details

Signed and dated 'Paritosh Sen 05' (lower left)

PROVENANCE
Acquired directly from the artist
Private collection, Dubai

PUBLISHED
Mrinal Ghosh, Paritosh Sen: IX th Decade, Neovision, New Delhi, 2006, p. 193 (illustrated)

Paritosh Sen's technique in painting the female form was based on primitive modeling. Although influenced by early cubism, he did not limit himself to this style. He varied his technique greatly as he shifted his style based on the occasion or the theme he was going for.

Taking into account the changing role of women in contemporary society, Sen allowed stylistic variations in his canvases. Here, the woman's body and the head is covered in a sari true to tradition, emphasized by linear simplicity using rounded forms. He further diversified through the style of women's attire in each of his work for characterization.

It is his undiluted love for life that has drawn him to closely look at human faces, draw them, and paint them in all possible situations from every conceivable angle.

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.