BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH, HIMALAYAS AND THE ART OF BIRESHWAR SEN
Anant Art Gallery, 2010
Catalogue Essay: Prof. BN Goswamy
Why did, one might ask, Bireshwar Sen choose to paint his landscapes – majestic mountains, lowering skies, sweeping vistas, tangled forests – on so small, almost miniscule, a scale? There are no easy answers to the question, and onne can only speculae. It is possible that part of the reason behind his choice of this scale was the technique he had come so to favour over the years – a variation of the ‘wash’ technique of Abanindrananth, Nandalal, and others – imposed its own limitations. It is also possible that he wanted his own work to bear a different look than that of Nicholas Roerich, whose themes were no dissimilar and with whom he shared so many other affinities.
(excerpt from the catalogue essay by BN Goswamy)