Sailoz Mookherjea

Sailoz Mookherjea (1906–1960) was an Indian painter.[1] He is one of the early modernists who showed a flair for simplification of forms, vigorous lines and dynamic movement. He is on the 1979 list of Nine Masters of Archaeological Survey of India.[2] His work was deeply inspired by people and the environment. India Post released a stamp, The Mosque, with his painting on it.[3]

Sailoz Mookherjea
Died1960 (aged 54)
Known forPainting


Sailoz Mookherjea's simplification of form and vibrancy were derived from his years in Europe and inspiration from works of Matisse, but his main influences were folk art and Basohli miniatures. He focused on themes such as oneness with nature and rural serenity. His line were bold and color technique powerful.[4]

During his time in New Delhi in the 1940s and 50s, he meet frequently with other painters of the Bengal school of art, especially with Manishi Dey and Shantanu Ukil.

He was highly regarded by both artists like Jagdish Swaminathan and critics like Richard Bartholomew who had the following to say about him ...

There should have been a monument dedicated to Sailoz in the middle of Connaught place instead of an ugly fountain[5]

There is not a single work of Amrita Sher-Gil which can stand before his painting Washing Day[5]

The reason he has not gotten the recognition – is that he lacks in pretentiousness[5]

For after Amrita Sher-Gil .. – He has been our most significant painter[5]


  1. ^ Datta, Rita (23 December 2005). "Breathtaking simplicity in raw hues". The Telegraph. India. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ a b c d "For After Amrita There Was Sailoz Mukherjee".

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