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Sunil Madhav Sen

Born
1922
Education
Basically Self-Taught. At The Age Of Nine, Learned Drawing From A local Drawing Teacher. 1933 Diploma, City College, Calcutta University. 1937-38 Graduated In Law And Started Legal Practice. Visited the studios of Abanindranath Tagore, Jamini Prakash Gangooly, Atul Bose,
Exhibitions
1957 Artistry House, Calcutta. 1961 Hofstra College, New York. 1963 Gallery Everest, Calcutta. Had group exhb. in Tokyo, Brussels, New Castle,New York, Sydney, Perth. Gallery Chemould, Bombay. 1993 Retrospective, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta. 2003 Manifestations, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, World Trade Center, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. 2004 Manifestations II, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. 2005 Manifestations III, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Nehru Center, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. COLLECTION: Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Birla Academy of Arts & Culture, Calcutta. Chandigarh Musuem. Library of Congress, USA. New York Public Library. Bradford Museum, England. Administrative Block of the Jadavpur University, Calcutta. Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta. Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. AWARDS: 1945 Academy Award, Calcutta.
Born in Purulia in West Bengal, Sunil Madhav Sen was a self-taught artist. Though he learned drawing as a child from a local teacher, he studied law and the liberal arts at Calcutta University and worked for the government. He pursued his passion for art privately alongside his legal practise, visiting the studios of Abanindranath Tagore, Atul Bose, J. P. Gangooly, and Satish Sinha. He also apprenticed for two years under Hemendranath Mazumdar, honing his skills in portrait painting.
In his initial years as an artist, Sen made charcoal studies of figures and animals, painted portraits, and made copies of the works of old European masters such as Italian Baroque artist Guido Reni, Dutch master Rembrandt, and sixteenth century Greek artist El Greco. Holding his first solo show in 1950, Sen joined the seminal Calcutta Group in 1952, which was founded in 1943 as a rejection of the Bengal School, and believed in painting the social and political reality of the times.
His subjects were Nepalese women, Bhutia boys, ordinary life, the dispossessed, the Quit India movement, the Bengal famine, gods and goddesses, and the terror and beauty of children’s dreams. His works are part of collections at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Library of Congress, U.S.A., New York Public Library, and Bradford Museum.
 


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