Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower right
58.0 x 33.0
Bikash created many cityscapes in the early 60's - from realistic renderings to abstract. An Archival image of this work taken by Bikash Bhattacharjee exists in the Bikash Bhattacharjee Family archives.
Bikash Bhattacharjee was born in Kolkata in 1940. He graduated from the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Kolkata in 1963. His works were inspired by his early childhood and his environment. His subjects were portraits of people from a politically charged atmosphere of Kolkata and were often representatives of their class and included depictions of the female form. Realism being Bhattacharjee’s forte, he could depict the exact quality of drapery or the skin tone of a woman and captured the light perfectly making the canvas come to life. His paintings showed the struggles of poverty and socio-economic unrest that surrounded him.
Arun Bose, his teacher at Dharmatala Art School (Indian College of Art and Draughtsmanship) often encouraged the students studying there to take on ‘outdoor study’ expeditions. While the rest of the students went to the zoo, the botanical gardens and the ghats, Bikash Bhattacharjee preferred less scenic areas of Calcutta. He would often wander through the lanes and smaller bylanes of North Calcutta, looking for decaying buildings and neighbourhoods. The landscapes are often devoid of human figures and the architectural structures make it look uninhabitable.