Atul Bose

Atul Basu (22 February 1898 – 10 July 1977) was an Indian painter.[1] He was an expert in portraying realistic landscapes, portraits and village scenery. He used oil colors for painting.[2][3]

Atul Basu
Born22 February 1898
Died10 July 1977(1977-07-10) (aged 79)
Calcutta, India
Alma materGovernment College of Art and Craft, Calcutta
Royal Academy
Known forFounding the Indian Academy of Art

Early life and educationEdit

Atul was born in 1898 at Mymensingh in the then Bengal Presidency. He spent his childhood in Mymensingh town. He started his primary education in the National Council of Education, Mymensingh branch. Then he studied in Jubilee Art Academy of Kolkata. The syllabus of this academy was not same as other academies.[2]

A sketch of the educationist Asutosh Mukherjee, 'Bengal Tiger', won Bose a scholarship from the University of Calcutta to study art at the Royal Academy in London from 1924 to 1926. While studying there, Bose was influenced by the post-impressionist Walter Sickert. He refused an invitation to help Mukul Dey decorate the pavilion at the British Empire Exhibition.[4]


Bose helped Hemen Majumdar to establish Indian Academy of Art in 1919. He was the founder member of the academy and he had also been the principal of the Government Art School, Calcutta during 1945–1948. Afterwards he became the director of the Government College of Art & Craft.[2]

Bose painted portraits from the original collections at the Windsor Castle and the Buckingham Palace under the commission of the Indian government. His notable works include Sphinx (oil on plywood) and Self Portrait (1945).[2]

In 1921, Bose along with Bhabani Charan Laha set up Indian School of Oriental Art.[2]

Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta honored Bose with a D.Litt degree in 1970.[2]


  1. ^ "Bose, Atul". The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition. The Gale Group, Inc. 1970–1979.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Chowdhury, Sima Roy (2012). "Bose, Atul". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  3. ^ Anjali Basu; Subodh Chandra Sen Gupta (2010). সংসদ বাঙালি চরিতাভিধান: প্রায় চার সহস্রাধিক জীবনী-সংবলিত আকর গ্রণ্থ [Samsad Bengali Biographical Dictionary: A Repository Containing More Than Four Thousand Biographies] (in Bengali) (First ed.). Calcutta: Sahitya Samsad. ISBN 978-81-7955-135-6.
  4. ^ Atul Bose, Making Britain, Open University.

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