The Progressive Artists’ Group began in response to two tremendously important historical events: India won its independence from the United Kingdom in 1947 and it separated from Pakistan later that same year. The Progressive Artists’ Group helped establish India’s artistic identity after independence and partition.
They borrowed from European modern art movements like Cubism and Expressionism but they reimagined the place of European art in a postcolonial society.
Tyeb Mehta was associated with the movement and became one of its most successful artists.
Image: Tyeb Mehta, Untitled (Bull) (2000). Acrylic on canvas. 72 x 60 in. (183 x 152.4 cm.)