PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY COLLECTION OF NANDALAL BOSE
NATIONAL ART TREASURE- NON-EXPORTABLE ITEM (Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Sale at the back of the catalogue)
Ink on brown paper
9 ¾ x 15 ⅜ in. (24.8 x 39.1 cm.)
From the collection of Nandalal Bose's eldest daughter, Gouri Bhanja, nee Bose and thence by descent.
In reference to Tagore’s art, Siva Kumar states, 'The inclination to know and understand other cultures was innate to his personality, and contributed to his emergence as an artist. A world traveller and a creative artist with interest in cross-cultural contacts, he looked at the art of the countries he travelled to. Sometimes he did this with greater purposefulness and self-awareness, as he did during his 1916 visit to Japan. But often he merely absorbed them, and without discussion or record allowed them to sink to the bottom of his awareness, from where they subliminally guided his thoughts and rose to the surface when required. Primitive and modern art that he saw during his many travels abroad played such a role in his emergence as an artist.’ (R. Siva Kumar, ‘Rabindranath Tagore as Painter and Catalyst of Modern Indian Art’, The Last Harvest, Ahmedabad, 2011, p. 56)
The current work was sketched on an envelope printed for Sankhya, the Indian Journal of Statistics, which was founded in 1933 by Prashanti Chandra Mahalanobis. Tagore had a close relationship with Mahalanobis, who frequently joined Rabindranath on his travels abroad, and despite not being a statistician, Tagore wrote the introductory essay for Volume II, Part 1 of the 1935 Sankhya publication. The current work is likely to date from the same period.
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About The Artist:
RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861 - 1941)