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


Ink and gouache on paper

10 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. (25.7 x 21.6 cm.)

Initialled and stamped 'GT' upper left

The current lot depicting pilgrims visiting a temple at night appears to be from the 1920s, from the Pilgrim and Nocturn series which was part of Gaganendranath Tagore's later works. In this painting, Tagore uses black ink silhouettes against lighter colour wash tones; both of which are used to convey an impressionistic effect of glowing light. The artist has also played with conventional ideas of scale within the temple. The shadows of the devotees have minimum detailing while space becomes all pervasive; a quality which we also see in the artist's other works from the same period such as Temple Door and A Street Scene Near A Temple; see Ratan Parimoo, 'The Pictorial World of Gaganendranath Tagore', Gaganendranath Tagore, New Delhi, 1996, p. 49, pl. 4 and p. 50, pl.30.

Gaganendranath Tagore's uncle, Rabindranath Tagore, said of his nephew's paintings, 'What profoundly attracted me was the uniqueness of his creation, a lively curiosity in his constant experiments, and some mysterious depth in their imaginative value. Closely surrounded by the atmosphere of a new art movement ... he sought out his own un-trodden path of adventure, attempted marvellous experiments in colouring and made fantastic trials in the magic of light and shade.' (Moni Gatha, 'Gaganendranath Tagore A forgotten part of Bengal Art History',, 30 September 2018)

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

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₹ 1,000,000.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 5* in The Fine Art Sale (M0021)
AUCTION DATE: Nov 22, 2018 at 7:00pm IST


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