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Sailoz Mookherjea: A forgotten genius

DNMUM402210 | 12/3/2017 | Author : Gargi Gupta | WC :533

Gargi Gupta wonders why Sailoz Mookherjea deemed by critics to be one of India’s most important modern artist, has been reduced to obsurity
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Sailoz Mookherjea is a member of an exclusive club of nine painters — Raja Ravi Varma, Amrita Sher-Gil, Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore among them — whose works are designated by law as ‘national treasures’, i.e, they cannot be taken out of the country.
In 1937-38, he went to Europe to acquaint himself with the developments in modern art — the first of many Indian artists (FN Souza and SH Raza, for instance), who traced the same journey later on. There he met Henri Matisse, a visible influence on his work. Mookherjea worked in oil in a fluid, expressionist manner, a rare thing because most of the artists of his time were using water-colour or working with oil, making realistic paintings in a style already outdated in Europe. It is fo
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