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Homage to Vangogh
Title Homage to Vangogh
Accession Number acc-no-13591
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Acrylic on Canvas
Main Artist Paritosh Sen
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1918 - 2008
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1991
Dimensions 152.5 cm x 137 cm
Brief Description In this painting, 'Homage to Van Gogh', Paritosh Sen portrays a seated Van Gogh, posing for the artist, with a bandage across his infamous ear. As he sits, smoking a pipe, staring towards the viewer, Sen has depicted himself, painting Van Gogh on a canvas that is half shown. On it, we see an image of Christ, and not Van Gogh, while Sen himself stares at Van Gogh in rapture. The intent could be to evoke the godly status that Van Gogh had risen to, and perhaps the artist himself wishes that one day he will achieve that. The human figure dominates Sen's artwork and recurrent subject in Sen's works is his depiction of scenes from everyday urban life. His style of representation is influenced by his exposure to Western Modern art, and has traces of cubism. He uses two dimensional, structured planes but still creates an illusion of voluptuousness. A painter, illustrator, tutor and writer, Paritosh Sen has been a part of the world of Indian art, for close to four decades now. Founder of the Calcutta Group in the 1940s, prior to the existence of a Progressive Artists group, his art is rendered from a cynical and detached perspective, which is typically Sen's viewpoint.