Veiled Woman
Title Veiled Woman
Accession Number acc-no-01257
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Ink on Paper
Main Artist Rabindranath Tagore
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1861-1941
Country India
Dimensions 53.5 cm x 73.7 cm
Brief Description The study depicts Tagore's interest in capturing the facial expression. His work displays a great sense of fantasy rhythm & vitality. Tagore celebrated his creative freedom in his technique which produces a variety of images including fantasized beasts, masks, human faces, landscapes & flowers, bird & trees. Tagore is best known as a poet and in 1913 was the first non- European writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Tagore began painting relatively late in his career, when he was in his sixties. His painting style was very individual, characterized by simple bold forms and a rhythmic quality, that later served to inspire many modern Indian artists. Human figures are depicted either as individuals with expressive gestures or in groups in theatrical settings. In portraits produced during the 1930s, he renders the human face in a way reminiscent of a mask or persona. Rabindranath Tagore's artistic adventure began with doodles that turned crossed-out words and lines into images that assumed expressive and sometimes grotesque forms.