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Lithograph
  • Lithograph
    Tagore, Rabindranath, born 1861 - died 1941
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Lithograph

  • Place of origin:

    Calcutta, India (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1930 - ca. 1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tagore, Rabindranath, born 1861 - died 1941 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Reproduction, printed in ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by B. Baer Esq., 1961.

  • Museum number:

    IS.105-1961

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a Bengali polymath, being a poet, playwright, novelist, composer and visual artist. His work reshaped Bengali literature and music during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.

Rabindranath's earliest visual work appeared in his manuscripts of poems (eg. Purabi) and comprised of doodles, scribbles and erasures made out of unwanted words and lines. Towards the end of his career, Tagore aged 67, striving to create a universally accessible art, took up painting more consistently. Around 1928, the artist made thousands of sketches and drawings using brush, pencil and pen. The artist developed a style characterised by simple bold forms and a rhythmic quality. The subjects depicted often involved animals, figures and statuesque women.

The present painting depicts the full-face portrait of a woman with long dark hair against a dark background. The sad monumentality of the artist's subject can be stylistically linked to the later treatment of artists Amrita Sher-Gil and Husain, suggesting a current of which he was the initiator-the dark tanned face, partially veiled in deep shadows, cow-eye, apprehensive and withdrawn.

Physical description

Reproduction of an ink drawing, printed in ink on paper, the drawing depicts the full-face portrait of a veiled woman against a dark background. The sad monumentality of the artist's subject can be stylistically linked to the later treatment of artist Amrita Sher-Gil, suggesting a current of which he was the initiator-the dark tanned face, partially veiled in deep shadows, cow-eye, apprehensive and withdrawn.There is an accompanying Bengali poem and the English comment: 'The phantoms of faces come unbidden into my vacant hours.'

Place of Origin

Calcutta, India (made)

Date

ca. 1930 - ca. 1940 (made)

Artist/maker

Tagore, Rabindranath, born 1861 - died 1941 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Reproduction, printed in ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Dated: Calcutta, 1940

Dimensions

Width: 29 cm paper on which image is printed, Height: 41.1 cm paper on which image is printed

Object history note

Given by B. Baer. The reproduction made by Ganymed Press, was commissioned by the Government of India for the 'Poet's Pictures: The Drawings of Rabindranath Tagore' exhibition held at the Commonwealth Institute from 5-28 May 1961 in connection with the centenary celebration of Tagore's birth in May 1861.

Historical context note

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a Bengali polymath, being a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist and composer. His work reshaped Bengali literature and music during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1913, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature and was knighted by the British Crown in 1915.
Rabindranath was born in Calcutta and grew up into a family whose exceptional creativity spearheaded the city's cultural scene. In 1901, he set up the Santiniketan School (later known as Visva Bharati University) on the Birbhum family countryside lands (outside Calcutta). The institution, conceived as an alternative to the educational system set up by the British, was modelled after the forest schools of ancient India. In 1919, Rabindranath founded the art wing Kala Bhavan at Santiniketan and invited the artist Nandalal Bose to paint frescos on the walls.Rabindranath was involved with the Indian independence movement for independence but maintained throughout the role of the enlightened poet who champions the universality of artistic expression. His earliest visual work appeared in his manuscripts of poems (eg. Purabi) and comprised of doodles, scribbles and erasures made out of unwanted words and lines.
Towards the end of his career, aged 67, striving to create a universally accessible art, Rabindranath took up painting more consistently. In 1924 he travelled to China and Japan with Nandalal Bose and experimented the brush and wash techniques.
The artist developed a style characterised by simple bold forms and a rhythmic quality. The subjects depicted often involved animals, figures and statuesque women.Around 1928, Rabindranath made thousands of sketches and drawings using brush, pencil and pen. The artist’s work has been exhibited in India and internationally.

Descriptive line

Lithograph, reproduction of drawing, veiled woman, by Rabindranath Tagore, ink on paper, Kolkata, ca. 1930-1940

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The paintings of the three great Tagores: Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore and Rabindranath Tagore. Chronology and comparative studies, by Dr Ratan Parimoo, 1973

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Printed

Subjects depicted

Woman; Veil

Categories

Portraits; Prints; Drawings; Paintings

Collection code

SSEA

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