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Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)

Lot 26: RABINDRANATH TAGORE

Sotheby's

June 15, 2010
London, United Kingdom

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Description

RABINDRANATH TAGORE 1861 - 1941 UNTITILED (PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN) Signed 'Rabindra' and dated '38' in Bengali lower right 49.5 by 40 cm. (19½ by 15¾ in.)

Exhibited

Calmann Gallery, London, December 1938

125th Anniversary Festival, Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, London, 1986

Barbican Gallery, London, 1986

Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK, 1986

Cartwright Hall, Bradford, UK, 1987

Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK, 1987

Rabindranath Tagore, Bengal Festival, Croydon Museum, UK, October 2000 - January 2001

Literature

Andrew Robinson, The Art of Rabindranath Tagore, Andre Deutsch 1989, p.151, pl.106

Provenance

Gifted by the artist to Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst of Dartington Hall in 1939

Notes

'The artist, like a child, invents his own techniques as he goes along; nothing has been allowed to interfere with zest. The means are always adequate to the end in view: this end is not "Art" with a capital A, on the one hand - nor, on the other, a merely pathological self-expression; not art intended to improve our minds, nor to provide for the artist himself an "escape"; but without ulterior motives, truly innocent, like the creation of a universe.' (Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 1930).

The Dartington Hall Trust will be hosting a series of events in 2011 to celebrate the 150υth celebration of the birth of Rabindranath Tagore with the possibility of exhibiting the current lot.

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