Title Badshah-Sa-Alam
Accession Number acc-no-01160
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 7.8 cm x 25.1 cm
Brief Description This painting depicts an aged, seated Badshah Alam looking up towards the calligraphy on the wall above. The background reveals an interior space, with floral marble inlay work, similar to the kind that can be seen at the Taj Mahal in Agra. During this phase of painting, Abanindranath Tagore revisited the Mughal visual idiom in pursuit of the 'authentic' as well as an 'identity' in his rejection of the colonial art practice. 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.