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Gurudeva on the terrace
Title Gurudeva on the terrace
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Wash and Tempera on Paper
Main Artist Abanindranath Tagore
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1871-1951
Country India
Dimensions 25 cm x 18 cm
Brief Description A profile view of a bearded man, in a saffron robe, immersed in his writing, his feet placed on a low stool, this painting reveals the artists' early skill and style of painting in tempera. Beside the man, who is most likely the artists' uncle Rabindranath Tagore, rests a potted plant that has two white flowers. The background is divided into two coloured planes showing the tree tops that litter the horizon. The focus of the painting is on the seated monk like figure whose almost meditative intent is on his writing. Abanindranath's inner urge for liberating Indian art was further inspired by Okakura, a great Japanese artist and art-critic who came to India with Swami Vivekananda. His work has a great delicacy of feeling, unity of concept, a highly sensitive range of color, tone, texture and poetic depth. His work was a mixture of traditionalism and innovation. He aimed at comparing nature in its transient forms and produce an image part object, part sensuous, both transposed into each other. But his vision on nature was always poetic, as was his personal form of expression.