Paritosh Sen was born in 1918 in Dacca, East Bengal. In 1943, in company with (amongst others) Nirode Mazumdar and Gopal Ghose, he was founded member of the Calcutta Group, which in his case at least was an attempt to move away from the watercolour and wash techniques of the Bengal School towards a more realistic approach to the events of the period, in particular the famine in the region and the war. Sen went to Paris in 1949 where after meeting Picasso and Brancusi he fell under the influence of both Cubism and Expressionism, though he never moved into fully abstract work. He returned to India in 1954 and drew on the life of Calcutta for inspiration. He passed away in 2008.