Selected Artists of Bangladesh

Quamrul Hassan (1921-1988)

Quamrul Hassan is widely credited with starting a modern art movement in Bangladesh from the middle of the 20th century. The artist was also deeply influenced by Picasso’s contour drawings and cubist style in the expression of the human form. He is notable for his contemporary interpretation of traditional folk forms. One of the recurring themes in Quamrul’s work is the oppression of women. Here, one finds a sense of romanticism in the expression of hardship through the use of sensual colours. Quamrul work can be found across a broad range of media types including oil, gouache, watercolour, pastel, etching, woodcut, linocut pen and pencil, He also revived the pata or scroll painting with stylized figures to create a sense of perspective.