Rathin Maitra (b. 1913), along with Prodosh Das Gupta, established the Calcutta Group, which gained widespread recognition in India for its influential contribution to modern Indian painting much before the Progressives.
Rathin Maitra was the first in independent India to have been invited for an exhibition of his works at The Bombay Art Society, on 22nd September 1947; years before the first inaugural exhibition of the Progressive Artists' Group at the Bombay Art Society Salon in 1949. The show was opened by the Mayor of Bombay, Mr. A. P. Sabawalla, and it was functional from 23rd to 29th September 1947.
Also in charge of founding the Modern Art Society and the Society of Artists in Calcutta, he blended his iconography and thoughts with the new simplification approach by using free-flowing lines and vibrant colours.
Rathin Maitra, Untitled, 1983, Oil on Canvas
Rathin Maitra, The Attack, 1962, Oil on Canvas
Rathin Maitra, City Sentinel, 1955, Oil on Board
Rathin Maitra, Floods 1970, 1975, Oil on Board