Abani Sen

Like a true devotee of art, Abani Sen died with the brush in his hand. He studied under Percy Brown at the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, and went on to teach art at a school the New Delhi-based Ukil School of Art.  In 1931, Abani Sen cofounded the Young Artists Union and the Art Rebel Centre, Calcutta the next year. An awardee of the Governor General’s plaque in 1949, he is remembered for his self-effacing manner. Regarded as one of the masters of modern Indian painting with a mastery over several media including pencil and crayon, water colour and oil, Sen believed that India’s folk tradition was the powerhouse for art and artists. He tried to transform himself into the objects he painted, surrendering to his choice of subject, whether living, still or moving.

Abani’s themes of prehistoric animal forms and figures speak of organic strength and vitality. His contribution to Indian art was to defy and change the colonial painting tradition by reviving elements of native Indian tradition. Usha, Mother and Child and Bathers are some of Abani Sen’s famous works.

Artwork for Sale

Chess Player
by Abani Sen

Size:

24 X 34 inches