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Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)

Lot 205: RABINDRANATH TAGORE 1861 - 1941

Sotheby's

March 25, 2011
New York, NY, US

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Description

RABINDRANATH TAGORE 1861 - 1941 DEATH SCENE Signed 'Rabindra' lower right Gouache and colored inks on paper 10 by 14 in. (25.5 by 35.5 cm)

Exhibited

'Drawings, paintings, engravings, pottery and leatherowrk by Sir Rabindranath Tagore', Government School of Art, Kolkata, 20-29 February 1932

Victoria and Albert Museum, 1954-6

Commonwealth Institute, London, SW7, 'Poet's Picture's: The Drawings of Rabindranath Tagore', Calcutta, May 1961

India House, Tagore Centenary Exhibition, November 1961

'Arts of Bengal', Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1980



Literature

'Drawings, paintings, engravings, pottery and leatherowrk by Sir Rabindranath Tagore', Government School of Art, Calcutta, February 1932, no. 191, pl. 10

'Poet's Picture's: The Drawings of Rabindranath Tagore', May 1961, no. 8

'Arts of Bengal', Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1980, no. 135

Provenance

Sotheby's, London, 2 May 2008, lot 11
Purchased by William and Mildred Archer from the artist at Santiniketan, October 1932


Notes

"Years later, in 1955, when I was writing my book 'India and Modern Art' ... I realised that although Rabindranath's early style bore no relation to previous kinds of Indian painting, it in fact unconsciously contained some essential Indian elements - strong, bold outline, glowing colour, aggressive shapes. He has been, in other words, 'naturally Indian' ... It was this freedom from previous styles, both Indian and non-Indian, this bold originality, this willingness to create forms in ways which were naturally Indian yet robustly modern which made him the first modern Indian artist; and looking back over the last fifty years, I cannot think of any other Indian artist whose influence has been so profound." (WG Archer, India Served and Observed, London, 1994, Part II, p. 31)

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