Head Study
Title Head Study
Accession Number acc-no-00990
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Pen and Ink on Paper
Main Artist Rabindranath Tagore
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1861-1941
Country India
Dimensions 21 cm x 28 cm
Brief Description Rabindranath Tagore's artistic adventure began with doodles that turned crossed-out words and lines into images that assumed expressive and sometimes grotesque forms While Rabindranath Tagore did not acquire technical skill before he began to paint, the resemblance to the state of mind of a child is far more obvious. His work displays a great sense of fantasy rhythm and vitality. Tagore celebrated his creative freedom in his technique which produces a variety of images including fantasized beasts, masks, human faces, landscapes, flowers, birds and trees. Human figures are depicted either as individuals with expressive gestures or in groups in theatrical settings. In portraits produced during the 1930s, he renders the human face in a way reminiscent of a mask or persona. Tagore himself seldom spoke about his paintings: 'People often ask me about the meaning of my pictures. I remain silent even as my pictures are.'