Today marks the 83rd birth anniversary of Bangladeshi painter and art teacher Kazi Abdul Baset. On this day of 1935, he was born in Dhaka, Bengal Presidency, British India.
In 1951, Baset passed the Entrance examination from Government Muslim High School in Dhaka. In 1956, he obtained a Bachelor`s Degree in Fine Arts from Government Art Institute of Dhaka.
At the beginning of his career, Baset joined the Nawabpur Government High School in Dhaka as a drawing teacher. In the following year, in 1957, he joined the Dhaka Government Art Institute as a lecturer. During his tenure in this institute, he obtained the Fulbright Fellowship in 1963-64 and went to study at the University of Chicago`s Art Institute for achieving a higher degree in painting. Returning from the United States in 1965, he joined as the head of the drawing and painting department. In 1995, he retired from this institution.
Baset was influenced by the abstract style while studying at the Art Institute of Chicago University. There he got the opportunity to attain discipleship of Paul Wiegard, Hans Hoffman, and Bubvict. After returning home he explored more in this genre. After 1984, he also paid attention to the realistic image of the painting. He shared an impressionistic love for a transparent color scheme and a direct involvement with nature. His use of vibrant color imparts a lyrical quality to the paintings. He had a special interest in drawing female figures, in particular, the maternal form of women. One of his notable observational works is "Fish Woman".
Kazi Abdul Baset was awarded Ekushey Padak in 1991 by the Government of Bangladesh for his contribution to the art. This master artist died in Dhaka on 23 May 2002.