Originally acquired from Dhoomimal Art Gallery
CATALOGUE NOTES The Bengal Famine of 1943 -1944 ruined the lives of over three million people undivided India during the WWII. The British allowed a diversion of food resources and drained the economy due to wartime industrial production. With the threat of a Japanese attack on Burma, the British carried out both a denial and scorch plan that resulted in mass starvation. Zainul Abedin, who was born in undivided India witnessed the famine first hand. His sketches were made with his own ink by burning charcoal and used it on cheap, ordinary packing paper. He depicted starving, skeletal figures who were dying on the streets. These works became iconic images and helped Abedin find his way in a realistic approach that focused on the human suffering, struggle and protest.