Daughter of the Soil
Title Daughter of the Soil
Accession Number acc-no-01175
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 13.5 cm x 19 cm
Brief Description Leader of the Revivalist Movement in the field of Modern Indian Painting in Bengal, Abanindranath Tagore is also credited with a key contribution towards ushering in the renaissance in Indian painting. We see in this painting, intentionally titled with an aim in mind, a lady carrying hay across a plain field. Her torso is bare, with only some jewels around her neck, and her strikingly dark complexion is contrasted against the bright yellow background. Dressed like a Santhal tribal, this woman walks towards the viewer, in a misty landscape evocatively rendered through the medium of Tempera. 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.