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Fairy in the Moonlight
Title Fairy in the Moonlight
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Gallery Name NGMA-New Delhi
Object Type Painting
Main Material Ink & wash 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
Inscription The painting shows a square seal containing red footprints in the bottom right corner. This seal was used by Gaganendranath often along with his signature. It was made of brass and was a ritual object belonging to his mother, Soudamini symbolizing Sri Krishna's footprints.
Dimensions 12.7 X 20.1 cms
Detailed Description Gaganendranath had always been captivated by the dramatic play of light and shade. In the post-cubist period of his work the predominant use of shadows helped to create an atmosphere of fantasy and fairy-tale. Art historian Ratan Parimoo dates this style of painting as being done between 1925-29.
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