Chittaprosad Bhattacharya

Chittaprosad (b. 1915) was a political artist of the mid-20th century. He preferred watercolor and printmaking. He became radicalized as a student of the Chittagong Government College in the mid-1930s. He satirized and sharply criticized the feudal and colonial systems in quickly drawn but masterful pen and ink sketches. A self-taught artist, he experimented constantly with the art of picture making.

The artist/reformer was also proficient at creating linocuts and woodcuts with obvious propagandistic intent. In 1943 Chittaprosad covered the Bengal Famine for various communist publications.This resulted in his first publication,‘Hungry Bengal’. It was a sharply provocative attack on the political and social powers of the time. He is represented in the National Museum, Prague,The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Osians Art Archive, Mumbai, and the Jane and Kito de Boer Collection, Dubai. Amongst his noted works are the posters and paintings of the Naval Mutiny in Bombay (1946). Confession, a documentary on his life by Pavel Hobl (Czech) won a special prize from the World Peace Council. He passed away in 1978.

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