Sen values freedom of expression as held by Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Sen came to France at age 19 from a radically different culture of India. He faced a positive culture shock. Sen cannot separate French society from French art which is a blend of hundreds of years of artistic architecture, painters, immigrant painters, literature and history which has created French social culture. His central thought on arrival in France was how to absorb the inner sense of French art and culture as the core of his art inspiration. The delivery expression of an artist through his painting is his skill in art. But getting inspiration is the intake substance from society and its culture. Today, the western art world considers his Gesturism Art to be very European in approach, and enhanced with the colours of India. Here are 8 examples Sen has selected to demonstrate how he educated himself to imbibe French culture as his inspiration.
Profusion of irreverent colours in Sen’s paintings define his Indian origin even as his paintings, abstract with hidden figuratives, have Western artistic structural discipline. Colour is the central visible image of day to day life of India’s 1.2 billion people. Abundantly, irreverently and in total freedom, people use colours without any worry of disturbing any social system. That’s because colour is a part of inclusiveness which has no dogma of good and bad. Colour is embedded in Indian culture; brightness is the key. Here are a few examples through which Sen explains his heritage of colour influence from India. (CLICK on any picture below)