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A Sketch from Album No. 70
Title A Sketch from Album No. 70
Accession Number ngma-08832
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Gallery Name NGMA-New Delhi
Object Type Photograph
Main Material Watercolour on postcard
Main Artist Nandalal Bose (1882-1966)
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data Nandalal Bose, popularly known as the Master Moshai, was born on December 3rd, 1882 in Kharagpur, Monghyr District, Bihar. A disciple of Abanindranath Tagore, he graduated from Government School of Art, Calcutta in 1910. Nandalal was fascinated by the potential of folk art and indigenous modes of expression and inculcated them in his works although stylising them in a unique representation for depiction and narration of local life. His explorative temperament with the artistic materials allowed him to create a vast body of work with printmaking techniques as lithography, linoleum prints and Sino- Japanese techniques while remaining faithful to his narrative subject: India's environment and its ethos. Nandalal Bose's art conjures newness unbound but still flushed with the memories of yesterday. Inspired by Far Eastern sensibilities that celebrate the traditional, the genius of his art's lies in the interplay of sensual silhouettes and his powerful rendering of contemporary themes with the traditions, customs and sensibilities of Indian heritage. It is this intermingling that invigorates his works and captures the minds of his viewers. He began his artistic career in the fervour of Swadeshi movement, rejecting western colonial norms of art and taking inspirations from the ancient murals of Ajanta and Bagh caves as well as Mughal miniatures. In 1919, Nandalal Bose accepted Rabindranath Tagore's invitation to become the Principal of the newly established art school Kala Bhavan at Visvabharati University in Santiniketan. He travelled in and out of India including places like Burma, China, Japan, Malaysia, Java and Sri Lanka seeking artistic stimulus from observing different cultural traditions. He also painted a series of posters for the Indian National Congress at Haripura in February 1938. The range of Nandalal's artistic expressions is seen in his various landscapes with human figures, his varied images of nature and the Santiniketan Murals. His works reflect the changing landscape, portraying people and places at a time when modern India's cultural development was at its threshold. Nandalal Bose died on April 16th, 1966 in Santiniketan, West Bengal. He won several accolades including the Padma Vibhushan by the President of India in 1953. He was awarded with an honorary Doctorate in Letters (D. Litt.) from Banaras Hindu University in 1950 and Calcutta University in 1957. The NGMA has over 6800 of his works in his collection.
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1950
Inscription Signed 'Nanda' and dated '12.12.50' in Bengali in the top-right corner of the postcard.
Dimensions 8.7 X 14 cms
Detailed Description Nandalal's paintings, drawings and architectural works revel in the dignity of village and the harmony of rural life with nature. He is known to have fervently sketched on postcard sized papers mostly using ink and brush, recording his surroundings. His small sketches vastly vary in detailing, some drawn quickly with just a few lines, others executed with more elaborate characteristics from an analytical perspective. This album of 25 drawings records the flora, fauna, the people, their attires, life in rural villages and the landscapes of the town of Kharagpur and its surroundings in West Bengal. Jaya Appasamy in her article, 'Nandalal Bose - Master Draughtsman' in the book, 'Nandalal Bose (1882-1966)' writes, "The drawings on postcards have a spontaneity and brevity not seen in more formal works. They exist as evidence of the artist's unceasing desire to master visual data."
Brief Description In this postcard, Nandalal portrays a middle aged man engrossed in carving a wood block probably for printmaking. He captures the calm moment in lyrical outlines that define the facial features of the man and the folds of his garments. The fluid brushwork lends a rhythmic effect to the drawing.