Reflections on Modernism in Bangladesh and the abstract artist Kazi Ghiyasuddin

Archishman Sarker

PhD research scholar at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Email:

   Volume 2, Number 3, 2018 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/cjad.23.v2n304


This paper is an analysis and anamnesis of the art of the Bangladeshi abstract painter Kazi Ghiyasuddin This paper also explores Bangladeshi Modernism- as an artistic movement in close dialogue with Modernist art emerging from the rest of Bengal and the world at the point of emergence of an international Bangladeshi identity. A close study of his art leads to a contemplation on the syncretism of nature and art (culture) and a manifestation of such through the form of the abstract; while situating the ‘artist’ at an intersection of lived experiences, artistic perception and politics of expression.

Keywords: Modernism, Modernism in Bangladesh, Abstract art, Modernism in South Asia, Art and Nature.