||National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
||Wash and tempera on paper
||Gaganendranath Tagore (1867-1938)
|Artist's Life Date / Bio Data
||Born to the family of Tagore's of Jorasanko, Kolkata, Gaganendranath was the elder brother of Abanindranath Tagore. With little formal training in art Gaganendranath began painting at an advanced age. He was inspired by the calligraphic brushwork and the wash technique of the visiting Japanese artists, Yokoyama Taikan and Hishida Shunsho. In the early 20's of the Twentieth century, Gaganendranath responded positively to the European modernist idiom. He began painting seriously when he started illustrating his uncle Rabindranath Tagore's autobiography in 1911. Gaganendranath like his younger brother Abanindranath and uncle Rabindranath had a wide range of interests that covered theatre, fantasy and the like. He also practiced photography and this can be seen in the use of light and shadows in his paintings. From 1917 onwards he did a series of satirical caricatures of changes taking place in the society of his times. Many of his paintings were referred to as 'cubist' because of the division of the figures and ground into geometrical planes. Gaganendranath painted portraits, landscapes, caricatures, abstract and 'cubist' paintings.
||Signed 'G. T.' in English at bottom left corner of the painting
with brush in black colour. The painting also has a numeric
inscription at the bottom right corner in white colour.
||18.2 X 22.7 cms
||Gaganendranath Tagore's misty landscape shows the expansive
vista of a bridge across a river. These landscapes of the then
Bengal's portrayed in a hazy light were done in the early
phase of Gaganendranath's painting career before 1915. The
inspiration of wash technique learnt from visiting Japanese
artists, Taikan and Hishida is clearly visible in the