Sushil Chandra Sen
Sushil Chandra Sen Sushil Chandra Sen

Sushil Chandra Sen

Sushil Chandra Sen

Sushil Chandra Sen

1909 - 1972

Sushil Chandra Sen

Sushil Chandra Sen is remembered for his academic-realist landscapes made primarily in watercolour but also in oil. He also made numerous woodcuts and etchings on Bengal village life, capturing the languid beauty of its environs and inhabitants.

Enamoured by watercolour as a medium, Sen studied at Government School of Art, Calcutta; in 1936, he joined the school as a lecturer. He also taught briefly at Delhi Polytechnic before returning to Calcutta to officiate as vice-principal of his alma mater.

Inspired by Mukul Dey, Sen responded to the country’s socio-political situation and the new realism of contemporary literature, which led to his works undergoing a dramatic change from the romantic idealisation of themes on the life of the common man. He painted pastoral and urban landscapes, intimate household scenes, social and religious functions, street scenes, and riversides, to much acclaim. Of special mention is Sen’s large mural painted at Parliament House, New Delhi, depicting King Mahameghavahana Kharavela of Kalinga and his Jain council held at Udaygiri in the second century B.C.

Sen was associated with several art institutions in the country, among them Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, and Calcutta University, as well as various government art galleries.

He also exhibited widely in the country and abroad, including Kabul, Afghanistan, and various cities in the U.S. Sen’s work forms part of collections such as those of Academy of Fine Arts and Rabindra Bhavan, both in Kolkata.

‘Painting has to get back to its original goal, examining the inner lives of human beings’



dag exhibitions

‘Indian Landscapes: The Changing Horizon’

DAG, New Delhi, 2012

‘The Printed Picture: Four Centuries of Indian Printmaking’

DAG, New Delhi, 2012; Mumbai, 2016; alternate locations in Kolkata, 2013; Jaipur, 2017; Chandigarh, 2018

‘Indian Portraits: The Face of a People’

DAG, New Delhi and Mumbai, 2014

'Home: is a Place: Interiority in Indian Art'

DAG, New Delhi, 2021

‘New Found Lands: The Indian Landscape from Empire to Freedom’

DAG, New York, 2021; Mumbai, 2021-22

notable collections

Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta

Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta

Indian Museum, Calcutta

Rabindra Bhavan University Museum, Calcutta

Rabindra Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan