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Halisahar, Chittagong und weitere Werke von Chittaprosad

Halisahar, Chittagong
13 x 8.7 inch (h x w)
ink on paper

Unlike most of his other sketches made during his travels through rural Bengal in 1943-44 in the aftermath of the famine, the elderly man in this sketch casts a desperate look back at the viewer. Chittaprosad focuses on the details of his facial expression with short sharp hatching that carries an accusatory edge. In his notes accompanying the sketch, the artist describes him as a village elder in Halisahar in Chittagong (present-day Bangladesh), whom the famine has reduced to a syphilitic bag of bones, reliant entirely on charity. Few works in the series are as unnerving to relatively privileged viewers in the present context. Chittaprosad’s travelogue through famine-stricken districts of present-day Bangladesh were a follow up to his 1943 publication of ‘Hungry Bengal,’ where he documented its impact in districts in West Bengal.

Copyright DAG, part of the Ghare Baire collection



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other works by Chittaprosad

untitled
13 x 17.7 inch (h x w)
ink on paper

Untitled
11.1 x 14.3 inch (h x w)
Ink and graphite on paper

Meal time at the Hospital
10 x 14.6 inch (h x w)
Brush and ink on paper

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