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Portrait of Nandalal Bose

Portrait of Nandalal Bose

Item Description:

Ink and gold on paper

1908 - 1909

9 x 7 in. (22.9 x 17.9 cm.)

Inscribed 'Work by Gaganendranath, portrait of Nandalal' in Bengali and dated '1908/9' on reverse

From the collection of Nandalal Bose's eldest daughter, Gouri Bhanja, nee Bose and thence by descent

Two versions of this portrait of Nandalal Bose are known to exist. The current painting was produced by Gaganendranath Tagore in 1908/9, but it proved so popular with Nandalal’s family that Nandalal produced a second version himself. The panting produced by Nandalal went into the collection of Supratik Bose and was sold in New York by Christie’s; the current work was gifted to Gouri Bhanja. Both works show the strong influence of Japanese painting and printmaking at the turn of the century where gold leaf is a predominant feature of the work.

Between 1909 and 1911 are numerous portrait sketches in extremely spontaneous brush lines, touched with tones, where both the line and tone excellently fuse with each other suggesting volume as well as enhancing character. They are bold, show great control on the brush and tone and in the human physiognomy… “His specialty lay in the perspicuity of the facial expression and of the inner state of mind of the person portrayed.'" (Ratan Parimoo, ‘The Pictorial World of Gaganendranath Tagore’, Gaganendranath Tagore, New Delhi, 1996, p. 51)

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Portrait of Nandalal Bose

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