Bikash Bhattacharya
UNTITLED (Vanity) (Circa 1960)

Mixed media on paper
48.0 x 27.0 in.

BIkash is considered to be India's finest draftsman. This particular work execeuted in the 60s when he was in his twenties ! The title 'Vanity (Mirror)' implying that no matter who or what we are - we will always admire ourselves. Powerful messaging and superbly executed.

Originally acquired from the artists family

Bikash Bhattacharjee was born in Kolkata in 1940 and graduated from the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Kolkata in 1963. His works were inspired by his early childhood and  environment. His subjects were often portraits of people from the politically charged atmosphere of Kolkata and were often representatives of their class and included various depictions of the female form. Realism being Bhattacharjee’s forte, he could capture the light perfectly making the canvas come to life. His paintings often showed the struggles of poverty and socio-economic unrest that surrounded him. 

Styles, mediums and subject matter did not restrict him as he was truly a multi-faceted artist. His version of surrealism involved a message, a twist, a questioning of the normal realistic image. He is quite unique as an artist and can possibly be compared to Rene Magritte. Though the hugely differentiating factor being the message or the perspective versus the focus on the object.


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