Ball Room Dance
Title Ball Room Dance
Accession Number ngma-02133
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Gallery Name NGMA-New Delhi
Object Type Painting
Main Material Ink & watercolour on paper
Main Artist Gaganendranath Tagore (1867-1938)
Artist's Nationality Indian
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.
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1921 as inscribed on the painting.
Inscription Signed and dated in English 'G. T. 1921' on the bottom left corner of the painting.
Dimensions 18.4 X 27.3 cms
Detailed Description 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 national figures.