Born in 1918 in Dhaka, Paritosh Sen was drawn to art through the pages of the Bengali art journal Prabasi. In 1942, the Calcutta Group was founded by Paritosh Sen. When Sen visited Paris in 1949 he got closer acquainted with European art and artists. The period after his return to India, in 1954, saw him teaching, producing paintings with themes influenced by everyday life. Sen also wrote on art for leading English and Bengali journals.