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Indian painter Paritosh Sen dies

Paritosh Sen
Sen met Pablo Picasso in Paris

One of India's best-known artists, Paritosh Sen, has died aged 90 after a short illness in the eastern city of Calcutta in West Bengal.

The artist was admitted to hospital with respiratory problems last month and had been on a life support system.

Sen, a pioneer in modern art, is survived by his wife.

He studied art in the southern city of Chennai (Madras) and later in Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso who is said to have influenced him.

Sen travelled widely around the world and his style of painting underwent many changes.

One of the Indian artists who introduced modernism to Indian art, he also dabbled with typography - he was commissioned by the French government to design Bengali typography based on the script of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.

The Telegraph newspaper of Calcutta wrote that Sen belonged to a "dying breed of artists... who were equally at home in sophisticated salons and also amidst the hustle and bustle of street life".

Mr Sen also wrote articles and essays on Indian art.

"He was one of the major artists of this generation. He could look at human life with a lot of involvement," said leading Indian artist KG Subhramanyam.

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