Biswanath Mukherji (1921-1987)
Biswanath Mukherji was born in Varanasi on the 16th of July 1921. He left his home at the age of 17, against the wishes of his parents, to study at the Lucknow College of Arts under Asit Kumar Haldar. Mukherji successfully integrated Western modernism with Eastern mysteriousness, a style perfected by the Neo-Bengal School to which he belonged. Besides being a painter, he was also a sculptor, printmaker and a designer. In 1950, Mukherji was appointed the Principal of the Government College of Art and Architecture in Hyderabad. He later moved to Delhi where he headed the College of Arts until his retirement. Some of his finest paintings can be found in the collections of the Indian princely states in North and South India.