||Ball Room Dance
||National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
||Ink & watercolour 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.
|Period / Year of Work
||1921 as inscribed on the painting.
||Signed and dated in English 'G. T. 1921' on the bottom left
corner of the painting.
||18.4 X 27.3 cms
||Between 1915 and 1916, Gaganendranath Tagore made a series of
satirical images. These cartoons and caricatures were printed
by the lithograph process from 1917 onwards. Gaganendranath
poked fun not only at the hypocrisies of traditional society
but also some of the ridiculous influences of the
Westernisation. The artist also satirized some of the leading