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The sacred Bodhi Tree
Title The sacred Bodhi Tree
Accession Number acc-no-01423
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Graphic Art
Main Material Etching
Main Artist Mukul Dey
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1895 - 1989
Country India
Dimensions 20.5 cm x 39 cm
Brief Description The practice of printmaking as a fine art medium gained immense popularity with the establishment of Kala Bhavan founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1919, wherein new styles of printmaking were explored through an organization called the 'Bichitra Club'. A prominent member of this club was artist Mukul Chandra Dey, who was the first Indian artist to go abroad in the 1920's to learn graphic art. Indian painter-engraver Mukul Chandra Dey, was an important personality of his time. A student of Santiniketan School during the early years of the 20th century, he left his mark as a pioneer of dry point-etching in India. Having interacted closely with such Japanese masters as Yokoyama Taikan, Shimomura Kanzan, his skill with lines, and familiarity and exposure with Eastern printmaking traditions such as the Ukiyo-e prints, widened. Dey used the copper plate, and print surfaces like a sketch book, which he would re work at a later stage and make prints of. Some of the thematics that recur in his work are rural landscapes, mythical narratives, festivals, and the indigenous people of Bengals; the Santhals. His prints of people often capture the graceful movement of limbs, and have been referred to as rather idyllic and romantic. His landscapes though are exquisitely portrayed spaces, always maintaining an ambivalence between man and nature, real and mythical.