Today marks the 43rd death anniversary of the internationally acclaimed artist Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin.
The post-auratic painter died on this day in 1976 in Dhaka.He was born in Mymensingh. Much of his childhood was spent near the scenic banks of the Brahmaputra river. Many of his works framed Brahmaputra and a series of watercolors that Abedin did as his tribute to the river earned him the Governor's Gold Medal in an all-India exhibition in 1938.
He did his graduation from Calcutta Arts School and College.
He became famous in 1944 through his Famine Series paintings of 1943.
After the partition of India and Pakistan, he moved to Pakistan, and when Bangladesh was created in 1971, he was rightly considered by Syed Manzoorul Islam as the founding father of Bangladeshi modern art.
In 1948 he helped establish the Institute of Arts and Crafts (now Faculty of Fine Arts) at Dhaka University.
The Indian Express described him as a Legendary Bangladeshi painter.Like many of his contemporaries, his paintings on the Bengal famine of 1943 was probably his most characteristic work. He was given the title Shilpacharya (Great Teacher of the Arts) in Bangladesh for his artistic and visionary qualities.