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Radha Series - Dancing Figures

Radha Series - Dancing Figures

Item Description:

NATIONAL ART TREASURE - NON-EXPORTABLE ITEM (Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Sale at the back of the catalogue)

In 1905, Nandalal Bose joined the Government School of Art in Kolkata as a student of the Vice-Principal Abanindranath Tagore. The students who were taught by Tagore, were encouraged to appreciate a revivalist style of painting that rejected the 'magic of realism' (that later became known as the Bengal School). Bose was generally regarded as the most gifted of Tagore's students and his likely successor. In 1907, when the Indian Society of Oriental Art was formed, it was therefore no surprise that Nandalal was the first student to become the recipient of their scholarship.

In the following year, 1908, Bose received a gold medal at the Society's annual exhibition for his painting Sati, and in the same year, he designed these two panels for the Indian Society of Oriental Art, which were executed by his fellow student and sculptor Hiranmoy Roy Chowdhury (1884-1962). He simultaneously also created a plaster bas relief of lot 16, which now forms part of the collection of the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata. For an illustration of the plaster relief, see 'Chintamani Kar, Nandalal Basur Sannidhye Kichhu Smriti [Some Memorable Moments with Nandalal Bose] published in ed. Sagarmoy Ghosh, Desh, Kolkata, 1982-83, p.131.

For another version of the same relief panel, see Kanon Mukerji, 'Rabindra Bharati Museum', Great Centres of Art Calcutta, Mumbai, 1973, pl. 122. According to Mukerji, the panels in the Museum formed part of a box once owned by Abanindranath Tagore, in which he used to keep his painting equipment. The panels on the box illustrate incidents from the life of Krishna, but are titled the Radha Series.

In 1914, Chowdhury became the first Indian to graduate and become an Associate of the Royal College of Arts, London. These two panels are important, as they represent exceptionally early examples of work from the careers of two leading figures of the Indian art scene in the first half of the 20th century.


Repouse copper alloy

18 x 25 1/8 in. (45.8 x 63.8 cm.)

Inscribed 'Designed by - Nanda Lall Bose. / Executed by - Hironmoy Roy Chowdury. / For the Oriental Society of Art Calcutta' lower right

* Antiquity or Art Treasure - Non-exportable Item. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Sale.


The colours of the original are similar to the catalogue illustration. White accretions (possibly old polish) are visible in some of the deeper crevices of the panel, only partially visible in the catalogue illustration. Overall good condition.

About The Artist:

NANDALAL BOSE (1882-1966)

₹ 400,000.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 16* in The Fine Art Sale including Classical Paintings (M0029)
AUCTION DATE: Jan 21, 2021 at 6:30pm IST



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