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Political Prisoner and more art by Chittaprosad

Political Prisoner
10.7 x 9.4 inch (h x w)
Linocut

In her memoirs titled ‘Nihsanga Paribrajak’ (The lonely mendicant), Chittaprosad’s sister Gouri recalled seeing his ‘Hungry Bengal’ in print for the first time. He had sent his mother a copy of his book, which contained a month-long eye-witness account of the horrors of the Bengal famine. “I have heard,” she writes, “that five thousand copies of the book were torched due to British rage.”

Chittaprosad spoke truth to power, whether in the years leading to India’s Independence or after 1947. Negotiating the power structures that deter the free flow of ideas and information, he understood better than most the dangers of siding with humanitarian justice. In this linocut, he imagines himself behind bars, looking out at us, positioned as his visitors in jail. Is it a deliberate attempt to make the viewer feel guilty for remaining free in an unjust world?

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other works by Chittaprosad

Untitled
19.5 x 28.6 inch (h x w)
Watercolour on paper

Untitled
13 x 9.1 inch (h x w)
Brush and ink on paper

Untitled
9.1 x 13 inch (h x w)
Linocut on paper

The First Letter Day Ceremony
9.4 x 16.5 inch (h x w)
Linocut

Untitled
14.3 x 10.4 inch (h x w)
Linocut

Pages

more from VMH & DAG Museums

Quote
70 x 84 inch (h x w)

Untitled
19.5 x 28.6 inch (h x w)
Watercolour on paper

Untitled
13 x 9.1 inch (h x w)
Brush and ink on paper

Untitled
9.1 x 13 inch (h x w)
Linocut on paper

In Solidarity, In Solitude
52.8 x 31.2 inch (h x w)

Pages

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